The latest rumor comes from Taiwan’s DigiTimes and has it that, according to “market sources”, Apple “is likely” to launch a 12.9-inch iPad “by the end of the third quarter at the earliest.” Assuming that this is correct, we could see the new iPad before the end of September.
The 12.9-inch iPad might be targeted at enterprise and education markets rather than regular users. That’s pretty much all we know about it at this point.
It’s said that Apple may sell a total of 80 to 90 million tablets throughout 2014 - obviously including the new iPad Air and iPad Mini models which are expected to replace the current versions in the second half of the year.
Samsung will likely also sell a high number of tablets before the end of 2014, possibly up to 60 - 70 million units (compared to 40 million in 2013). DigiTimes claims that the South Korean company has more Galaxy Lite tablets prepared for this year - to complement the allegedly cheap Tab3 Lite announced earlier this week.
Of course, since the details above do not come from official sources, we should remain skeptical and wait for some form of confirmation before actually believing them.