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DigiTimes: Apple has shelved the 12.9-inch iPad Pro

0. phoneArena 14 Mar 2014, 10:49 posted on

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...

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posted on 14 Mar 2014, 11:04 4

1. Xenaz (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Apr 2013)


It seems tablet is somehow "forced" to gone bigger as smartphone size is going bigger and bigger....

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 11:26 10

7. Sauce (unregistered)


Dude totally took the words out of my mouth. Agreed.
I think tablet size is perfect where it's at right now.

Any bigger, and you're better off getting a laptop actually has complete functionality and a promised ecosystem.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 12:47 2

15. nortoja79 (Posts: 34; Member since: 21 Feb 2010)


There is a huge upside to a market for larger tablets...your comments ring similar to those who said tablets didn't make sense back in the day, "just use a laptop" if you want portability was what some critics said of the original Ipad. The whole idea that needs to be explored with larger tablets is a new approach to a hybrid system...hello innovation??? where are you???

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 12:56 7

18. Sauce (unregistered)


Agreed, but my point being, for nearly $1000, you can get a great laptop. No one wants to pay $800 for something that offers so little, when they can pay $800 for something that offers so much.

Like the article states, there isn't much to do on 13" tablet right now. Until a company innovates not JUST the screen size, but the accessibility and functionality, this is how I'll feel.

If I didn't have an amazing laptop right now, would I buy a 13" iPad or other well worth tablet? Possibly.

Good post you made btw. +1

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 14:02 2

27. Finalflash (Posts: 1587; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Depends on what they need it for, if you are looking for productivity, laptop is it. But if you need it for entertainment and watching movies but like it to be very mobile around the house, large tablet is the way to go. This won't eliminate those other options though so more variety will help flesh out the really efficient and effective products.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 15:09 1

30. Sauce (unregistered)


First time I like something you said. +1 sir

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 15:12 1

31. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Putting yourself in that mindset clearly limits the idea of productivity, being more open minded can let you see the ways a pro tablet can actually be more productive. Take for say a recent patent granted to Apple (pressure sensitivity) that allows a stylus to be used accurately. You can use it to draw models on you ipad to get a rough idea of your work. Taking notes can easily be done on a larger display. Art will also benefit a lot.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 16:37 1

35. ph00ny (Posts: 590; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I've always felt that 10" is slightly smaller than what i want. Maybe because my desktop is plugged into a 27" monitor and i have a 17" laptop. I'm actually excited about the new 12"+ category

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 01:06

40. Sauce (unregistered)


Let's jusy say, you like em' big ;P

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 11:08 3

2. mayur007 (Posts: 385; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


ipad has the most beautiful display no doubt

and i want 8 inch display with 4k resolution

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 11:55 4

9. sniper1087 (Posts: 350; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


thats too much to ask, 4k would drain battery like none business, the technology on batteries need to advanced, for this to happen, at least in a 8 inch display, in a 12 inch there is more space to work with.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 12:30

13. mayur007 (Posts: 385; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


regarding 4k i know that it ll drain too much battery but i looking for a latest tech hope they will launch more than 2k resolution

i am looking for a portable one ipad is the best option right now but waiting for ipad 6 ,

but 12 is too big big i may consider 8 or 9 ...

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 11:14 2

3. nctx77 (Posts: 455; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


LOL! Samsung just got pinked! Do it again Apple LOL!

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 11:19 4

4. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 595; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Like Samsung cares if Apple comes with a big one or not. If you look at all the different versions of their smartphones and tablets, a huge one is just one version more.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 12:18 5

12. 1701nino (Posts: 242; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


Yeah actually samsung does care a lot,if you look any of its moves in the last 5 years it has been as a response to apple. Whether it be real products or rumored ones.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 12:32 1

14. mayur007 (Posts: 385; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


i agree

iphone - galaxy s
ipad - galaxy tab
iphone c - galaxy neo

but samsung considers mass n class (both) too be available for every one

where as apple products are meant for classes

too expensive not every one can shellout there pockets

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 12:51 5

16. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4054; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


iPhones are for classes, ,,, more like ripoff!
Apple class them self as a designer brand with nothing special! Providing subpar products with a Apple emblem badge and price it high end . Where's Samsung provides more for less.

Did you not know that aluminium is cheaper to buy than plastic! Get some knowledge befor posting. Where's stainless steel and metal is expensive.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 13:00 1

19. Sauce (unregistered)


Aluminum is expensive sir, where have you been?
The market for aluminum is at and has always been at a great place..

We are speaking strictly aluminum here, not aluminum on iPads. Aluminum in general.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 14:06

28. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4054; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Well I agree on aluminuim but not on Apples aluminium which is!

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 16:36 6

34. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 595; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Aluminium isnt expensive at all, it's one of the cheapest metals. Cheaper than zinc, copper and lead or tin

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 17:02

36. Sauce (unregistered)


When I'm doing some construction work and the side job is finished, I go and scrap the aluminum and make bank for a little amount. Compared to copper, of course...... Clean top grade aluminum is good money.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 19:45 1

38. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 595; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


http://www.infomine.com/investment/metal-prices/aluminum/

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 23:46

44. joey_sfb (Posts: 2748; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


You got time to work? That's new!

Defending Apple is a full time job.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 12:05

45. iTechies (Posts: 81; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)


how 'bout alloy?

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 13:42 2

26. nortoja79 (Posts: 34; Member since: 21 Feb 2010)


if that were true, more manufacturers would have made laptops out of aluminum...verify your facts before you make yourself look stupid.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 10:40

41. mayur007 (Posts: 385; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


my frd i didnt said aluminium is cheaper i just said what people think

iknow apples strategy they go for profit then technology

the talking was how samsung follows apple like products etc not in technology, samsung is way ahead of apple in technology

apple cant match it accepts in tab range

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 16:18 3

33. MEeee (Posts: 218; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


LG Prada - iPhone
Samsung NP-Q1EX UMPC and older tablets came out years before iPads.
Samsung has many models and Apple used same design for their low C.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 16:12 2

32. MEeee (Posts: 218; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


So what you're saying is Samsung following Apple for smaller tablets, phablets and gears.
Samsung 1999 SPH-WP10 and 2009 S9110 smartphone watch. I didn't know that Apple was planning working on a smartwatch before 1999.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 10:43

42. mayur007 (Posts: 385; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


thanx for the info

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 18:59 2

37. ph00ny (Posts: 590; Member since: 26 May 2011)


You mean Galaxy Tab "Insert various sizes here" or Galaxy Note? Let me know which product they're following out of Apple's playbook

Also see Galaxy Gear is not a response to apple's iWatch. They've been doing "smart" watches for many years.

Lot of what samsung is doing is because they can. Unlike other manufacturers, they have the luxury of being the major component manufacturer.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 11:24 1

5. superduper (Posts: 126; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)


What's surprising is that tech media fell for this rumor in the first place. If you want a functional thin and light device in 12.9 inch territory, buy an 11.8" or 13.3" MacBook Air.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 11:27 2

8. Sauce (unregistered)


Exactttllllyyy! I'm typing from the 13' rMBP. So much better than a large tablet, and tablet at all, if any.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 11:25 4

6. _Bone_ (Posts: 2107; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Just like with the OG Note, the 12" Galaxy Tab will find it's user base, especially when it drops $200 off it's price soon. It's barely more expensive than a 32GB iPhone 5S, and guess what, it craps all over that in every way.

It takes Samsung nowadays to come up with something bold when everyone else thinks it wouldn't sell. Guess what, it will.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 19:48 2

39. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


I had an iPhone 3GS. I then switched to the Galaxy S2 and i loved it for the 2 years i had it. To my needs, it offered way more than the iPhone.

Then i heard about the Note, looked into it, and finally got a Note 2 and thats when realized i loved Phablets.

Currently i own the Note 3 and the Lumia 1520. Both are amazing devices. As for tablets, i have the iPad Mini but i will gitf it to my younger brother and get myself that Note Pro 12.2.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 11:56

10. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Before we jump into calling out Samsung or anything, I think it makes sense because a tablet of that size is no reason for being when a 10" tablet could do *almost the same thing. The same could be said about the Macbook Air/Pro line, this pro tablet will be looking to kill off the Macs but it has to prove that it can do a better job which actually is a tall order, a pretty tall order.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 11:56 1

11. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Before we jump into calling out Samsung or anything, I think it makes sense because a tablet of that size is no reason for being when a 10" tablet could do *almost the same thing. The same could be said about the Macbook Air/Pro line, this pro tablet will be looking to kill off the Macs but it has to prove that it can do a better job which actually is a tall order, a pretty tall order.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 12:56

17. nortoja79 (Posts: 34; Member since: 21 Feb 2010)


the whole point of a larger size tablet is to kill laptops...that's the only way it would work from an innovation standpoint. Therefore it would have to be a "pro" version of a normal tablet like the Ipad air; wherein, it runs same components of a macbook air only in tablet form with the option of a keyboard case. It would also make sense for Apple to take the macbook pro or macbook air and give it the ability like the Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 to convert in and out of tablet form. People always complain that Apple isn't "innovative", yet nobody is willing to consider a change in the tablet world?? hypocrisy people.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 13:26

23. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Sometimes true innovation is hard to come by, it takes time. That said, I don't think shapeshifting devices really call for innovation, unless you're looking to wow people which could easily turn into a fad. That's probably the reason why we didn't see dvd players being integrated into tvs.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 13:36

24. nortoja79 (Posts: 34; Member since: 21 Feb 2010)


so taking a laptop and removing its keyboard and adding touch screen capabilities (aka the birth of the tablet) isn't a "shapeshifting a device" ?

Or taking a standard watch and making it into a digital interface (aka smartwatch) isn't "shapeshifting a device" ?

for that matter the iphone was a "shapeshifting of a device"...taking a phone and integrating touch interfaces with apps.

Changing the way people buy (or don't buy) laptops would be innovation. Innovation doesn't always mean a completely "new" device never seen before or related to anything out there.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 14:52

29. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Probably not the way I meant it (more like the Surface or this other padfone that could turn into a tablet...). The mini came at a time where 8" tablets were guaranteed to take off. The ipad pro could easily be challenged by a lot of factors now and some of post-Jobs Apple's decisions were a bit off (iphone 5C). It's a great idea but I still don't think it's the right time.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 13:38

25. nortoja79 (Posts: 34; Member since: 21 Feb 2010)


and by the way...dvd players were integrated into tvs (but I see your point...the line between innovative and fad can be thin sometimes depending on market adoption. Many people though the ipad was going to be a fad.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 13:07

20. nortoja79 (Posts: 34; Member since: 21 Feb 2010)


another thought...maybe if Jobs were still around, Apple would be more willing to step in with cold feet in terms of innovation. Can't expect the loss of a great mind like his to not affect Apple's ability to innovate. They have had opportunities (like the hybrid laptop/tablet market) to infiltrate a new market and haven't done it yet.

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 13:19

21. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Jobs was against the idea of an ipad mini, wouldn't that be the same for a ipad pro lineup?

posted on 14 Mar 2014, 13:23

22. nortoja79 (Posts: 34; Member since: 21 Feb 2010)


not necessarily...since he isn't around, we would have no idea. Maybe he would be for a hybrid device...we will never know, but my point is he was a unique mind and you can't expect Apple to be the same without him. And it doesn't have to be just in the tablet realm..any market in reality.

posted on 15 Mar 2014, 17:36

43. jack123 (Posts: 49; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Haha! That's look funny, few years ago, phone reached the domain of tablet and got a new name called phablet. Now the the table try to step into the domain of All in One touchscreen PC, what should its called then?

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