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Apple supposedly testing 2K and 4K resolution 12.9" tablet panels for device launch in the spring

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Apple supposedly testing 2K and 4K resolution 12.9
Apple has settled on two of five 12.9" touch panel prototypes, insiders are reporting, and those are made in 2K and 4K resolution varieties. This comes from the same source with supposed ties to Apple's supply chain that hinted a 13-incher will be released in March next year, and is already at the engineering prototype testing phases over at Foxconn.

This time the launch date is pushed to April, and the sources indicate that Apple has focused on producing test batches of the 2K resolution version for the eventual larger iPad, despite speculation that the end result to hit retail stores will carry a 4K resolution 12.9" panel. Actually 2K or 4K is the less significant question here, while the real interesting thing is what's that device Apple has decided to tack a nearly 13" panel on. 

We'd be surprised if it's indeed a 12.9" iPad, as it doesn't jibe at all with Apple's philosophy for tablet ergonomics. It would likely be something more in the lines of a new touch-enabled MacBook Air, or some sort of a convertible touchscreen device like the ones Windows 8 made possible, and which are proving a sales hit this holiday season, blending laptop, tablet and hybrid functionality rather successfully.

source: PadNews

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posted on 03 Dec 2013, 03:56 1

1. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Apple makes good hardware no doubts about it. Only if they make their OS a little more functional.. their desktop OS is fine but iOS still lacks a lot.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 03:58 3

2. emadshiny (Posts: 1131; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Apple must optimize iOS7 for its tablets, as it is more a mobile OS than a tablet one.
If they do this and add some extra features their iPad will become flawless.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 06:12 1

11. androiphone20 (Posts: 1422; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


"optimize iOS7 for their tablets" wow, I wonder what is THAT supposed to mean

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 06:37 6

12. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8152; Member since: 14 May 2012)


To make it optimized for a larger screen. Are you stupid?

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 07:43

14. androiphone20 (Posts: 1422; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


No I'm not cuz iOS7 is already optimised for ipads, heck, ipads also have a dedicated app store... *yawns* you're messed up I can tell

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 15:43 1

20. euklidis (Posts: 18; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


also in the drawer they have only 4x4 icons... great optimization. hahahahahahah imagine 4k with 4x4 icons. that would be something. Dude it is not optimized for tablets. Working on tablets yes, optimized? hell no

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 07:52 2

15. androiphone20 (Posts: 1422; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


"Apple must optimize iOS7 for its
tablets" really? do you really have to try this hard? good try but try a little harder to get back at me next time :P

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 13:18 1

18. emadshiny (Posts: 1131; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Train your mind a little bit...

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 03:58

3. Hyperu71 (Posts: 13; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


Does anyone else think that after a certain point more resolution, even on a HUGE 13" screen is just bragging rights? I mean, you're doing good if you can see pixels when the density is only 250dpi or so. Apple is driving me crazy lately. They're sticking to their thinner, lighter, faster mantra, but doing very little else. Yawn.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 05:19 3

7. superduper (Posts: 148; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)


Thinner, lighter, faster sounds pretty good to me. Better than thicker, heavier, slower for sure!!

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 04:41 2

4. spectrums (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)


not attractive.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 05:47

8. androiphone20 (Posts: 1422; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


You can never change things by fighting the existing reality

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 04:45 1

5. Finalflash (Posts: 1675; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


If any of this is even remotely true then this might actually be Apple's year. Hopefully they go all out for once instead of cutting corners here or there. This would also be pretty diabolical of them seeing as how this releases end of 2014 just after their share buyback promise ends. Excellent time for a full reinvigorating after buying back all the shares they can at the lowest price of their stock possible.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 05:00

6. aayupanday (Posts: 516; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


The back panel of this device will get hot enough to prepare an omlette....

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 05:51

10. androiphone20 (Posts: 1422; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


not really

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 05:50

9. androiphone20 (Posts: 1422; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


If this really is an ipad pro then it's really going to live up to its name

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 07:28 2

13. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Price? More than anyone with a soul is willing to pay

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 09:50

16. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Battery.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 12:05

17. Tuxedo (Posts: 134; Member since: 19 Mar 2013)


I hope they allow some sort of desktop mode where the device could switch to OS X compiled for ARM. A lot of useful things would come along with that. Add bluetooth kb,mouse, and boom... mobile workstation.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 15:05 1

19. vincelongman (Posts: 1133; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Like the Surface Pro?

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 19:12

21. Hyperu71 (Posts: 13; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


Heck, Surface2 or RT is nearly that. But yeah, for sure the Pro, or any of the other Windows 8.1 tablets.

posted on 03 Dec 2013, 19:14

22. Hyperu71 (Posts: 13; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


My original point still stands. Sure make an iPad Pro with higher resolution, so it's "better" than the standard iPad. That makes sense. But can you see the difference? No. Resolution is good now, let's work on color accuracy, battery life, etc. Unless they want to do 3D I don't see how any new screens will add anything at all to the experience.

posted on 04 Dec 2013, 16:10

23. aahmed215 (Posts: 76; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


Didn't Apple claim that the Retina Display is the most the human eye can perceive? So what's the point of putting a 4K resolution on a small device? It just seems a bit unecessary and a battery drain.

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