Apple supposedly testing 2K and 4K resolution 12.9" tablet panels for device launch in the spring

Apple supposedly testing 2K and 4K resolution 12.9
Apple has settled on two of five 12.9" touch panel prototypes, insiders are reporting, and those are made in 2K and 4K resolution varieties. This comes from the same source with supposed ties to Apple's supply chain that hinted a 13-incher will be released in March next year, and is already at the engineering prototype testing phases over at Foxconn.

This time the launch date is pushed to April, and the sources indicate that Apple has focused on producing test batches of the 2K resolution version for the eventual larger iPad, despite speculation that the end result to hit retail stores will carry a 4K resolution 12.9" panel. Actually 2K or 4K is the less significant question here, while the real interesting thing is what's that device Apple has decided to tack a nearly 13" panel on. 

We'd be surprised if it's indeed a 12.9" iPad, as it doesn't jibe at all with Apple's philosophy for tablet ergonomics. It would likely be something more in the lines of a new touch-enabled MacBook Air, or some sort of a convertible touchscreen device like the ones Windows 8 made possible, and which are proving a sales hit this holiday season, blending laptop, tablet and hybrid functionality rather successfully.

source: PadNews



1. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Apple makes good hardware no doubts about it. Only if they make their OS a little more functional.. their desktop OS is fine but iOS still lacks a lot.

2. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Apple must optimize iOS7 for its tablets, as it is more a mobile OS than a tablet one. If they do this and add some extra features their iPad will become flawless.

11. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

"optimize iOS7 for their tablets" wow, I wonder what is THAT supposed to mean

12. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

To make it optimized for a larger screen. Are you stupid?

14. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

No I'm not cuz iOS7 is already optimised for ipads, heck, ipads also have a dedicated app store... *yawns* you're messed up I can tell

20. euklidis

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

also in the drawer they have only 4x4 icons... great optimization. hahahahahahah imagine 4k with 4x4 icons. that would be something. Dude it is not optimized for tablets. Working on tablets yes, optimized? hell no

15. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

"Apple must optimize iOS7 for its tablets" really? do you really have to try this hard? good try but try a little harder to get back at me next time :P

18. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Train your mind a little bit...

3. Hyperu71

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Does anyone else think that after a certain point more resolution, even on a HUGE 13" screen is just bragging rights? I mean, you're doing good if you can see pixels when the density is only 250dpi or so. Apple is driving me crazy lately. They're sticking to their thinner, lighter, faster mantra, but doing very little else. Yawn.

7. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

Thinner, lighter, faster sounds pretty good to me. Better than thicker, heavier, slower for sure!!

4. spectrums

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 14, 2013

not attractive.

8. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

You can never change things by fighting the existing reality

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

If any of this is even remotely true then this might actually be Apple's year. Hopefully they go all out for once instead of cutting corners here or there. This would also be pretty diabolical of them seeing as how this releases end of 2014 just after their share buyback promise ends. Excellent time for a full reinvigorating after buying back all the shares they can at the lowest price of their stock possible.

6. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

The back panel of this device will get hot enough to prepare an omlette....

10. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

not really

9. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

If this really is an ipad pro then it's really going to live up to its name

13. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Price? More than anyone with a soul is willing to pay

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17. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

I hope they allow some sort of desktop mode where the device could switch to OS X compiled for ARM. A lot of useful things would come along with that. Add bluetooth kb,mouse, and boom... mobile workstation.

19. vincelongman

Posts: 5807; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Like the Surface Pro?

21. Hyperu71

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Heck, Surface2 or RT is nearly that. But yeah, for sure the Pro, or any of the other Windows 8.1 tablets.

22. Hyperu71

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

My original point still stands. Sure make an iPad Pro with higher resolution, so it's "better" than the standard iPad. That makes sense. But can you see the difference? No. Resolution is good now, let's work on color accuracy, battery life, etc. Unless they want to do 3D I don't see how any new screens will add anything at all to the experience.

23. aahmed215

Posts: 169; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

Didn't Apple claim that the Retina Display is the most the human eye can perceive? So what's the point of putting a 4K resolution on a small device? It just seems a bit unecessary and a battery drain.

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