Apple plans to release larger 12.9-inch iPad early next year, source says

“Apple plans to introduce a 12.9-inch iPad early next year to compete with its rivals Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics that have continued to release bigger tablets, sources said Tuesday. Currently, the biggest iPad is 9.8 inches [sic] [recte 9.7-inch],” Kim Yoo-chul reports for The Korea Times.

“The move is seen as the U.S. firm’s effort to meet growing demand for bigger displays on smart devices amid a slowdown in conventional PC demand,” Kim reports. “‘Apple’s local first-tier display supplier is now producing a 12.9-inch Retina Display to be used in the new iPad, which will be coming out sometime early next year,’ an official at a local Apple supplier in Korea told The Korea Times by telephone Tuesday.”

“The official said Apple is increasingly interested in introducing bigger iPads as the U.S.-based consumer electronics giant is already acknowledging that tablets will replace PCs in an era of convergence,” Kim reports. “‘The 12.9-inch iPad will have improved picture quality. As the Apple partner intends to boost its lineup for displays that have almost ultra high-definition (UHD) quality, the upcoming iPad will provide very clear quality similar to that of UHD,’ said the official.”

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  1. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    I thought a size that makes sense would be the original ipad dimensions with a maximized screen – that would be about 11 inches. Would they best be served by creating a new effective resolution larger than 1024×768?

    This should go for the 11 inch MBA too which could be a 12.5 inch 1440×900 screen, and the 13 MBA could become a 14.5 inch computer.

    Bezels begone!

    1. Agree.

      9.7″ screen is 264 dpi; 12.9 screen will be ~200 dpi, which is not Retina for such size (compare to MBA’s 220 dpi). Will Apple make it 2096 x 3072 screen, which is very hard to make cheap? Intermediate resolution increase is not Apple’s way.

      Besides, such tablet would weigh no less than 1 kg versus 478 grammes of iPad Air.

      Overall, I just can not see it feasible.

        1. I was reluctant to take this seriously too, but one sentence changed my mind i.e. the one about it increasingly becoming a laptop/desktop replacement. Yes isn’t it time to take advantage of that fact rather than leave it to others to steal? Windows of course is very much pushing touch on such computers if from the other end. Yes thinking about it this will have to happen some time next year or Apple could see falling Mac sales actually going to the opposition instead of iPad.

          I think it made me think how they could push extra capability as compared to strictly mobile iPads into it in respect of it mostly being a portable in-house device to help beyond screen size making it more compelling as a home computer/media machine overall. Yes beginning to see the logic.

  2. I read this….in the Korea Times….and immediately wonder if this is simply FUD in order to put iPad Air purchasers off spending their money before Christmas. Same with these other rumours….once again from Korea….that the Air will be updated in 1Q14 with a higher-definition display.

    All very suspicious IMO. I’m sure Apple is planning to introduce something along these lines at some point, but this timescale… the Korean press….seems suspiciously like an attempt to stall sales now.

  3. An official at a local Apple supplier in Korea told The Korea Times by telephone.
    I’ll admit it, I made the call and said I was an official.
    Korea…Hmmmm, Slimesung lives there don’t they?

  4. Any supplier leaking this kind of news would not be a supplier for very long.

    I expect to see this headline on Bloomberg at any moment.

    Remember all those rumors about a 64-bit iPad?

    I’ll put this rumor in the same round bin as the watch, big screen TV, 6-inch IPhones and low-cost anything Apple is about to build. Not.

    See Seeking Alpha for more details and film at 11.

    Nyuk Nuuk nyuk


  5. Interesting concept, but I don’t see it happening. The press is a wash with articles counting the blessings of smaller tablets like the iPad mini. There is even talk, the iPad mini out selling the full-size iPad, so why would Apple want to build tablet even bigger? I have an iPad air now which is big enough and functions nicely as a tablet. If I want a bigger, I will pull out my MacBook air 13, and use a computer.

  6. If the only thing different about it is the size, I certainly would not call it “Pro”.
    Give us a tablet that can run full desktop apps on. I would buy that in a heartbeat.

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