Rumors: Apple's large 12.9-inch iPad could be released in late Q3, Samsung has more Lite tablets in the pipeline
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.
1. ihavenoname (Posts: 1528; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)
Great, I need bigger tablet. With Note 3, Nexus 7 feels bit too small for tablet. iPad Air or Pro might be good option. Well, I wait for it and see what devices are around then.
2. emadshiny (Posts: 1142; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
Apple must start making a new interface for its tablets as iOS7 is so boring on tablets.
9. Diezparda (Posts: 219; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)
i hope they do something about it especially the music app (i miss iTunes like interface on iOS 6). 12.9 inch would be lovely if they had multiwindows option like Samsung did, but i think the iOS won't allow us to do so?
12. darkkjedii (Posts: 12749; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
It's not iOS allowing it, it's Samsung allowing apple to do it. Remember some phones don't do certain things due to patents.
13. Diezparda (Posts: 219; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)
It's not what i mean DJ, i mean iOS doesn't allow us to run 2 apps simultaneously (i forgot but i read it somewhere at anadtech). That's why iOS run smoothly even it only has 1 gig of ram when there is so many apps running as background.
3. androiphone20 (Posts: 1522; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
A 12.9 tablet will be okay for enterprise and educational purposes cause I believe these monsters will be top heavy but at the same time being the ideal driver for productivity. Samsung's lineup was great and probably people will be waiting for middle ground.
4. Finalflash (Posts: 1913; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
Well apparently Apple has finally caught up to the size race of 2010 or so. Now let us see the droves of iCultists justify larger sizes with their short memories and revisionist historian-ism (some how apple invented the larger screens already and we just didn't know it).
All easy jabs aside though, 12+ inches just goes into laptop territory and I think touch screen laptops would be much more suited for that role because they can ACTUALLY be used for productivity and therefore, education.
10. androiphone20 (Posts: 1522; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)
Oh, chill with those nasty asides man 12+" tablets will catch on and in case you weren't aware, PC shares are slowly going downhill.
8. darkkjedii (Posts: 12749; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Dude, go away before you get this acct banned too. Everyone knows you're "Troll TM", you're not fooling anyone. Be thankful you found another IPS #, and avoided PA's detection. Leave me alone, we have absolutely nothing to chat about, I do not enjoy chatting with you, go away and bother someone else.
14. Extradite (banned) (Posts: 316; Member since: 30 Dec 2013)
What the he'll are you talking about.?
16. darkkjedii (Posts: 12749; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
You were banned as Troll, .Troll, question mark, and now Extradite. That's 4 time dude, give up and get lost.
11. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4112; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Yes, please. The only thing that kept me from getting the iPhone 5S was the fact that it was a pain to type on in portrait mode, and any type of bulky case like a Mophie Juice Pack would make it really awkward to hold because it was so tall and narrow. If Apple could launch a larger iPhone with a slightly altered UI to make better use of the display on the homescreen (rather than just rows of apps), that would be amazing.