Apple may be developing an ultrabook challenger, is a 12.9-inch iPad Maxi in our future?

Apple may be developing an ultrabook challenger, is a 12.9-inch iPad Maxi in our future?
If this rumor turns out to be true, Apple will need to be a tad careful coming up with a name for a larger iPad. We can safely assume that iPad Maxi will not make the short list, and it stands to reason that Samsung would take issue if it were called the iPad Mega.

All that aside, Korean news site, ETNews, is reporting that Apple is indeed working on a larger sized tablet to challenge ultrabooks. The new supersized tablet might launch as early at the first half of 2014.

Of course, such a move would not shock us, not after Apple released the “perfect size” 9.7-iPad, only to followed by the iPad mini last year. Possible specifications of the larger iPad have not been speculated on, but we wonder if an iOS tablet can compete with an ultrabook running a full-speed operating system like Windows.

Also given Apple’s penchant for using premium materials, such a device would have to contain a number of compromises to contain costs in order to effectively compete. Another possibility is that Apple could be creating a tablet form factor running OS X that has been optimized for touch.

While competing with Ultrabooks, this iPad size might also provide appeal in market segments where Apple wants to develop and maintain its loyal following: education. With a screen that is closer to laptop computers and containing the Apple experience, it might be able to brew the right combination of appeal for students, teachers and publishers of digital text-books.

We can only hope that if this hardware is in the pipeline, and if it is destined to be an iOS device, that Apple will have done something drastic with the iOS user experience by then, because having a grid of static icons on a 12.9-inch display will be an awful waste of space.

source: Latinos Post via IntoMobile

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21 Comments

1. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

how are they going too compete with ULTRABOOK when they have their own MAC AIR pro when its already thin

2. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

More like a chromebook challenger than an ultrabook challenger.

17. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2348; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Lol the "iMaxi pad"

11. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

iPad is a tweener.. too big for portable and too small for useful. iPad mini got the portable size right and a large Maxi will be a big hit too.. Unless you are a porn star, 10" is a tweener and useless IMO

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Huh???

13. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

A tablet form factor with OSX + touch extensions would compete with the MS Surface Pro. It depends on how much traction the Surface Pro and similar offerings by ASUS and the rest of the MS OEMs start to get. If the Surface Pro and company get traction, expect Apple to release an iPad Pro as well.

3. Katrina

Posts: 84; Member since: Aug 17, 2012

ermmm. ultra books are not tablets just so you know. this article is misleading...

14. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

Agreed, I definitely thought this was going to be a cheaper Mac Book or something of the sort.

4. mydi.maus unregistered

if apple cant make a 5" iphone,... WHY would they make a freakin 12" tablet?wtf...

7. HASHTAG unregistered

They already make 7+ inch tablets. So your argument is kinda weak.

16. mydi.maus unregistered

shut up

19. HASHTAG unregistered

Didn't know this comment had voice features.

5. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

iOS is not really an ultrabook kinda OS

6. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

This smells like troll bait for numerous maxi-pad jokes.

12. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Yeah seriously who would be buying into this rumor? iPad Maxi? I feel sorry for anyone who actually believes for a second that anything would be named that.

8. donjunior

Posts: 50; Member since: May 28, 2013

Another crap product from Apple. Samsung FTW.

21. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Calm down bro it's not even announced yet, it's only a rumor haha

9. deathgod

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

No guy is gonna buy a product with "Maxi" and "Pad" in it =p

10. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Not seeing the point in a larger iPad when currently the Mini itself is eating its own bigger og Ipad sibling's lunch? A comeback of the orig MB perhaps?

15. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

They can call it the MAXiPad.

20. TheBitterrTruth unregistered

8 rows .. 7 columns. Innovation.

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