Apple working on a 12.9 inch tablet for October 2014 release?

Apple working on a 12.9 inch tablet for October 2014 release?
A published report on Monday, citing the upstream supply chain, says that Apple is going to release a large screened tablet next October. The slate is rumored to have a screen of 12.9 inches and matches other rumors about a 12.9 inch iPad. According to the report, Apple's large tablet will be aimed at the education market. The report adds that Quanta Computer will be building the slate, and that Apple decided to go with a 12.9 inch screen after testing that size along with a 13.3 inch panel.

Besides offering a large screened tablet, Apple is said to be working on a large-sized version of the Apple iPhone. The device is expected to be launched in May of 2014 and will be powered by a TSMC processor produced using the 20nm process. Last week, we passed along a report that claimed Apple had locked up TSMC to be the main supplier of its next A-series processor for the Apple iPhone. 

This chip also might find its way into the 12.9 inch tablet, which speculation has replacing the MacBook Air in Apple's lineup.

source: DigiTimes



15. ialex123

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I came across the article from about IPHONE 6 Concepts - Episode 1, nice article. It creates some expectation.

14. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I'd rather have a galaxy note pro, android is more versatile, a lot more PC like.

13. Ikechukwu

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

12.9? For who?

6. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I'm gonna call it out here and say the first rev of this will not a have an HD display, just like the mini, to keep it in line with a resolution they already have on an ipad so the devs don't have to remake their apps.......again

5. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

and it's 12.9 times more expensive ;)

4. deventure

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 15, 2012

"working on" it like it won't just be a blown up ipad air

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It is actually guaranteed to be a blown up ipad air because that's how they do things at Cupertino. They don't take chances only measured steps and a blown up ipad means fewer manufacturing changes and higher margins.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31796; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sounds like good business. Build low sell high...


Posts: 399; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

They have to make ios more capable. Otherwise it doesnt make a difference.

7. JakeLee

Posts: 1021; Member since: Nov 02, 2013

You have a point. Apple will probably launch a hybrid OS between iOS and OSX. They are calling the A7 a "desktop class" CPU rightfully, and once the transition on iOS is completed - which IS almost already - they will create a new, pure 64-bit eco system without the burden of 32-bit legacy support that's much more appealing than the Windows RT series. It will be finally time for another innovation.

9. taikucing unregistered

iOS pro maybe?

17. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 975; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

THIS would make sense. A Mac tablet and not an iOS device. 12.9" for an iPad with iOS would be silly. The iPad screen dimension is just fine, and you don't hear users complaining about iOS apps not looking "big enough" or that they're "hard to read". A full version of Mac OS (maybe a few tweaks to the UI), with the hardware and OS capability to use peripherals easily, would make more sense. External hard drives, printers, etc.

10. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I doubt it since apple doesn't take that many risks in one or two years. They will likely do a hardware change but keep software the same mostly so they can take it one step at a time as they have done in the past.

8. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Exactly... They need to start by keeping up to what Android manufacturers are doing... most Android tablet offer some kind of better multitasking... Samsung dual-windows + floating apps LG, Sony, Asus... Floating Apps, floating widgets.

2. twens

Posts: 1191; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

2014 will be interesting. its the year where apple or samsung will loose customers to each other depending on what they both offer consumers. Samsung has an upper hand if they can only offer their consumers a lighter TW ui and a phone made out of metal. Apple on the other hand needs a huge screen but that will mean developers will have to adopt to the new screen like they did with the iphone 5. Lets wait and see what happens next year.

1. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

iPad 7 and Galaxy Note 2016 would be 20 inches.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

They could, all they'd need to do is somehow cram a high resolution projector in there. They already did the low resolution version so why not more lol.

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