Apple may be developing an ultrabook challenger, is a 12.9-inch iPad Maxi in our future?
All that aside, Korean news site, ETNews, is reporting that Apple is indeed working on a larger sized tablet to challenge ultrabooks. The new supersized tablet might launch as early at the first half of 2014.
Of course, such a move would not shock us, not after Apple released the “perfect size” 9.7-iPad, only to followed by the iPad mini last year. Possible specifications of the larger iPad have not been speculated on, but we wonder if an iOS tablet can compete with an ultrabook running a full-speed operating system like Windows.
Also given Apple’s penchant for using premium materials, such a device would have to contain a number of compromises to contain costs in order to effectively compete. Another possibility is that Apple could be creating a tablet form factor running OS X that has been optimized for touch.
While competing with Ultrabooks, this iPad size might also provide appeal in market segments where Apple wants to develop and maintain its loyal following: education. With a screen that is closer to laptop computers and containing the Apple experience, it might be able to brew the right combination of appeal for students, teachers and publishers of digital text-books.
We can only hope that if this hardware is in the pipeline, and if it is destined to be an iOS device, that Apple will have done something drastic with the iOS user experience by then, because having a grid of static icons on a 12.9-inch display will be an awful waste of space.
source: Latinos Post via IntoMobile
1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6797; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
how are they going too compete with ULTRABOOK when they have their own MAC AIR pro when its already thin
2. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
More like a chromebook challenger than an ultrabook challenger.
11. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
iPad is a tweener.. too big for portable and too small for useful. iPad mini got the portable size right and a large Maxi will be a big hit too.. Unless you are a porn star, 10" is a tweener and useless IMO
13. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5975; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
A tablet form factor with OSX + touch extensions would compete with the MS Surface Pro. It depends on how much traction the Surface Pro and similar offerings by ASUS and the rest of the MS OEMs start to get. If the Surface Pro and company get traction, expect Apple to release an iPad Pro as well.
3. Katrina (Posts: 66; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)
ermmm. ultra books are not tablets just so you know. this article is misleading...
14. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
Agreed, I definitely thought this was going to be a cheaper Mac Book or something of the sort.
4. mydi.maus (unregistered)
if apple cant make a 5" iphone,... WHY would they make a freakin 12" tablet?wtf...
7. HASHTAG (unregistered)
They already make 7+ inch tablets. So your argument is kinda weak.
16. mydi.maus (unregistered)
19. HASHTAG (unregistered)
Didn't know this comment had voice features.
6. clevername (Posts: 1432; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)
This smells like troll bait for numerous maxi-pad jokes.
12. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)
Yeah seriously who would be buying into this rumor? iPad Maxi? I feel sorry for anyone who actually believes for a second that anything would be named that.
8. donjunior (Posts: 50; Member since: 28 May 2013)
Another crap product from Apple. Samsung FTW.
21. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 205; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
Calm down bro it's not even announced yet, it's only a rumor haha
9. deathgod (Posts: 122; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)
No guy is gonna buy a product with "Maxi" and "Pad" in it =p
10. Suo.Eno (Posts: 272; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)
Not seeing the point in a larger iPad when currently the Mini itself is eating its own bigger og Ipad sibling's lunch? A comeback of the orig MB perhaps?
20. TheBitterrTruth (unregistered)
8 rows .. 7 columns. Innovation.