“For months, there have been rumblings throughout Apple’s supply chain that the company is working on a new iPad with a larger screen. On Tuesday, those mushy rumors got a bit more credible when Bloomberg reported that Apple plans to launch a larger iPad with a 12.9-inch screen in early 2015,” Steve Kovach writes for Business Insider. “”

“In the second quarter of this year, iPad unit sales were down 9% on a year-over-year basis, a trend that Apple seems to be having trouble turning around,” Kovach writes. “There are several theories for why this is happening. Some people think the iPad upgrade cycle isn’t as frequent as it is for iPhones.”

“What Apple has in store for the 12.9-inch iPad (Let’s just call it the iPad Pro moving forward) [could be thought of as] …a laptop that reimagines what laptops should be able to do. A ‘hybrid’ like the Windows 8 devices out there wouldn’t be the best description because Apple would likely never load two different interfaces onto one device,” Kovach writes. “What’s more likely is that Apple implements a multitasking feature into its mobile operating system, iOS. In fact, we already know iOS 8, the next version of iOS, will allow such multitasking on the iPad. According to 9to5Mac‘s Mark Gurman, Apple will update iOS 8 a few months after its fall launch to allow split-screen multitasking… With all the talk about Apple breaking into new categories (TV, smartwatches, and big-screen phones), it sounds like it’s also gearing up to reinvent the tablet as a productivity tool. Apple could very well be working on the dream device we’ve been asking for, the best of a laptop and tablet in one.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Would you be interested in a hybrid device done right, an Apple “MacPad?”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

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