DigiTimes reports that Apple has shelved its 12.9-inch iPad Pro project. According to the outlet, the reason is that large-size tablets "lack support from related platform developers and ecosystems", which implies many things. Perhaps these tablets need better productivity apps and other experiences that better utilize their screen space and justify their price premium.
Reportedly, Apple was planning 2K and 4K version of the iPad Pro, along with keyboard covers akin to Microsoft's Surface offerings. But the company hasn't, and isn't expected to comment on these rumors, as it has a strict "don't comment on rumors and speculations" policy.
So far, it's Samsung at the helm of Pro-sized tablets. Alas, even though Sammy's Galaxy Note Pro 12.2-inch behemoth is a great device, it can't be called a good deal for the money. The report rightfully notes that its price to performance ratio is weak compared to notebooks in its price range ($750+). Thus, the researchers estimate the tablet will achieve around one million shipments throughout 2014.
It seems that 2014 won't be the year of large-screen tablets – especially if Apple, a huge tablet vendor, is refusing to walk down this path. On the other hand, the popular 7 and 8-inch consumer slates will be incrementing their display diagonals little by little, as to better compete with premium offerings.
For example, DigiTimes predicts this year's Nexus tablet by Google will have an 8.9-inch display while retaining its low cost. If it succeeds at the market, the researchers believe that more tablet manufacturers will switch to selling upper mid-range devices.