Apple Might Be Looking To Launch A 12.9-inch iPad Starting From 2015
Like the mobility which tablets offer but feel the 7 or 9 inch screen size is too small? Well, it seems that Apple has the perfect solution for that. According to Bloomberg, a new Apple iPad is in development with a screen size of 12.9-inch! Now that’s almost the size of small notebooks and even bigger than some netbooks.
The new iPad, which might be releasing in the first quarter of 2015, adds 3 inches to the diagonal screen size of iPad Air which is pretty huge when it comes to tablet screen sizes. Apple sure is looking to set itself apart from the others, and if the report does turn out to be true, it could be a pretty big milestone for the company.
According to Bloomberg’s sources, the 12.9-inch device has been in development for more than a year and is aiming to cause quite a stir in iPad sales, which frankly compared to other Apple devices is pretty mediocre, almost flat lining instead of growing over the past few years. A pretty big reason for this decline in sales could be due to the ever increasing screen size of new smartphones which keep rolling in the market, according to analysts.
It even makes sense, when a person has a phone with a 5-inch screen then why would they go for a 7-inch tablet which essentially offers the same functionality. With that logic in mind, releasing a tablet with dimensions closer to those of laptops does actually make sense and might give consumers something to get excited about.
Some users might feel that incorporating such a large display on a device built for mobility actually hinders the usage, but Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 debunks all those theories since it packs a 13-inch display and offers all the functionalities of a computer while keeping the mobility intact (yes it does feel a bit heavy).
As if Bloomberg’s sources weren’t enough, there is evidence from the iOS 8 code which suggests Apple has a bigger screen tablet on their road map, allowing users to use multiple apps at the same time on a single screen, which would be better implemented if the screen size is big enough.
Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad is far from a sure bet despite this report since there have been rumors in the past about this kind of hardware. But Bloomberg reporting a concrete production timeline with confidence is the best evidence we’ve had yet that it could become a reality – and if it does, it’ll be very interesting to see how Apple positions the device and what impact it has on the tablet market and Apple’s growing role in the overall PC industry, too.