Apple explores iPads with giant displays

It’s time for a giant 14- to 16-inch display on iPad Pro. Bloomberg News‘ Mark Gurman writes, “I love the speed, touchscreen, versatility and Magic Keyboard, but the 12.9-inch display is far too small for someone accustomed to a 16-inch MacBook Pro.”

With its incredibly thin and light design, iPad Pro is more powerful than ever.
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Mark Gurman for Bloomberg News:

And I’m not the only one who thinks that: I’m told that Apple has engineers and designers exploring larger iPads that could hit stores a couple of years down the road at the earliest. They’re unlikely for next year — with Apple’s attention on a redesigned iPad Pro in the current sizes for 2022 — and it’s possible they never come at all. But a big iPad would be the perfect device for many people, including me, and would continue to blur the lines between tablet and laptop…

I wrote this newsletter on an iPad Pro. That might not sound like some shocking revelation, but trust me, I had all but relegated the tablet to video watching and light gaming duties. Since this month’s release of the iPadOS 15 beta, however, I’ve left my laptop mostly behind and have done the vast majority of my work from the iPad…

I’m liking the multitasking improvements so far in the iPad beta. The biggest change there for me is the ability to launch apps into split view from the home screen, rather than just from the dock. I’m digging the App Library, which is basically now the iPad version of Launchpad on the Mac. But I’d still like the ability to have four or five easily resizable and movable windows in front of me at once like I can on my Mac.

MacDailyNews Take: The 12.9-inch iPad Pro seems large when you first use it, but it rapidly seems to shrink over time. A flagship iPad Pro with a “giant” display would be an enticing option. An iPad Pro with the footprint of the 16-inch MacBook Pro would be insanely great!


    1. You’re right, this doesn’t make sense for most people with iPad OS as it stands, Apple knows they’d still sell millions of them though so they will, to make more money.

  1. An iPad that size is going to be sitting in a $400+ Magic Keyboard most of the time, wasting its potential for now. At this stage I don’t just want Mac OS on the iPad, I expect something even better, not this tinker toy sandbox OS. Get on it Timmy and Craigster.

  2. Let iPad be iPad and Mac be Mac. You have the M1 (mobile based chip) available on the desktop, tablet, and laptop form factors, so let people choose which form they like for their workflow, instead of forcing Mac OS on the multitudes who don’t want it. We don’t want some Frankenstein Microsoft Surface hack.

  3. 12.9″ iPad Pro is too SMALL!
    PRO users have been waiting since 2015-09 for BIGGER iPAD!!

    12.9″ iPad seemed big then but it quickly felt small.
    PRO & “insanely great” means 16-18″ iPad! Wacom did it a decade+ ago…

    Apple finally started to re-respect PRO users with Mac Pro (Ashtray) 2013-12, no big change (features/design since 2008-01!),
    then $6-$50k 2019-12 (Power Mac G5 2003 design in cheese grater version, with $6k 6K Pro Display XDR) – negative reviews in long term due Apple’s failure to upgrade hardware specs…
    so it’s high time Apple respects PRO iPad with PRO(!) size!! The total focus on CONSUMER size is understandable in profits but WTF about us Pros who don’t give a F @ miniaturization & want to work on desk, in full blown size?!
    Surely Apple can afford the fewer #s in unit sales in their economics, even though they charge in full for Pro equipment?
    They have tried for years to make Pro products but keep scrapping/changing the entire projects. When are they going to do a practical solution that is upgradeable and for affordability is modular? Latest Mac Pro seems modular as it ranges from $6-$50k, but no new hard specs?
    The only thing they have to add to iPad is size, for now! ; )
    MacBook Pros have been consumer sized “Pros”, Apple used to make 17″ MacBooks, in 2011!

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