DigiTimes: Apple has shelved the 12.9-inch iPad Pro

DigiTimes: Apple has shelved the 12.9-inch iPad Pro

DigiTimes reports that Apple hasshelved its 12.9-inch iPad Pro project. According to the outlet, thereason is that large-size tablets "lack support from relatedplatform developers and ecosystems", which implies many things.Perhaps these tablets need better productivity apps and otherexperiences that better utilize their screen space and justify theirprice premium.

Reportedly, Apple was planning 2K and4K version of the iPad Pro, along with keyboard covers akin toMicrosoft's Surface offerings. But the company hasn't, and isn'texpected to comment on these rumors, as it has a strict "don'tcomment on rumors and speculations" policy.

So far, it's Samsung at the helm ofPro-sized tablets. Alas, even though Sammy's Galaxy Note Pro12.2-inch behemoth is a great device, it can't be called a good dealfor the money. The report rightfully notes that its price toperformance ratio is weak compared to notebooks in its price range($750+). Thus, the researchers estimate the tablet will achievearound one million shipments throughout 2014.

It seems that 2014 won't be the year oflarge-screen tablets – especially if Apple, a huge tablet vendor,is refusing to walk down this path. On the other hand, the popular 7and 8-inch consumer slates will be incrementing their displaydiagonals little by little, as to better compete with premiumofferings.

For example, DigiTimes predicts thisyear's Nexus tablet by Google will have an 8.9-inch display whileretaining its low cost. If it succeeds at the market, the researchersbelieve that more tablet manufacturers will switch to selling uppermid-range devices.

source: DigiTimes

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1. Xenaz

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 28, 2013

It seems tablet is somehow "forced" to gone bigger as smartphone size is going bigger and bigger....

7. Sauce unregistered

Dude totally took the words out of my mouth. Agreed. I think tablet size is perfect where it's at right now. Any bigger, and you're better off getting a laptop actually has complete functionality and a promised ecosystem.

15. nortoja79

Posts: 34; Member since: Feb 21, 2010

There is a huge upside to a market for larger tablets...your comments ring similar to those who said tablets didn't make sense back in the day, "just use a laptop" if you want portability was what some critics said of the original Ipad. The whole idea that needs to be explored with larger tablets is a new approach to a hybrid system...hello innovation??? where are you???

18. Sauce unregistered

Agreed, but my point being, for nearly $1000, you can get a great laptop. No one wants to pay $800 for something that offers so little, when they can pay $800 for something that offers so much. Like the article states, there isn't much to do on 13" tablet right now. Until a company innovates not JUST the screen size, but the accessibility and functionality, this is how I'll feel. If I didn't have an amazing laptop right now, would I buy a 13" iPad or other well worth tablet? Possibly. Good post you made btw. +1

27. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Depends on what they need it for, if you are looking for productivity, laptop is it. But if you need it for entertainment and watching movies but like it to be very mobile around the house, large tablet is the way to go. This won't eliminate those other options though so more variety will help flesh out the really efficient and effective products.

30. Sauce unregistered

First time I like something you said. +1 sir

31. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Putting yourself in that mindset clearly limits the idea of productivity, being more open minded can let you see the ways a pro tablet can actually be more productive. Take for say a recent patent granted to Apple (pressure sensitivity) that allows a stylus to be used accurately. You can use it to draw models on you ipad to get a rough idea of your work. Taking notes can easily be done on a larger display. Art will also benefit a lot.

35. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

I've always felt that 10" is slightly smaller than what i want. Maybe because my desktop is plugged into a 27" monitor and i have a 17" laptop. I'm actually excited about the new 12"+ category

40. Sauce unregistered

Let's jusy say, you like em' big ;P

2. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

ipad has the most beautiful display no doubt and i want 8 inch display with 4k resolution

9. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

thats too much to ask, 4k would drain battery like none business, the technology on batteries need to advanced, for this to happen, at least in a 8 inch display, in a 12 inch there is more space to work with.

13. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

regarding 4k i know that it ll drain too much battery but i looking for a latest tech hope they will launch more than 2k resolution i am looking for a portable one ipad is the best option right now but waiting for ipad 6 , but 12 is too big big i may consider 8 or 9 ...

3. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

LOL! Samsung just got pinked! Do it again Apple LOL!

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Like Samsung cares if Apple comes with a big one or not. If you look at all the different versions of their smartphones and tablets, a huge one is just one version more.

12. 1701nino unregistered

Yeah actually samsung does care a lot,if you look any of its moves in the last 5 years it has been as a response to apple. Whether it be real products or rumored ones.

14. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

i agree iphone - galaxy s ipad - galaxy tab iphone c - galaxy neo but samsung considers mass n class (both) too be available for every one where as apple products are meant for classes too expensive not every one can shellout there pockets

16. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

iPhones are for classes, ,,, more like ripoff! Apple class them self as a designer brand with nothing special! Providing subpar products with a Apple emblem badge and price it high end . Where's Samsung provides more for less. Did you not know that aluminium is cheaper to buy than plastic! Get some knowledge befor posting. Where's stainless steel and metal is expensive.

19. Sauce unregistered

Aluminum is expensive sir, where have you been? The market for aluminum is at and has always been at a great place.. We are speaking strictly aluminum here, not aluminum on iPads. Aluminum in general.

28. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Well I agree on aluminuim but not on Apples aluminium which is!

34. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Aluminium isnt expensive at all, it's one of the cheapest metals. Cheaper than zinc, copper and lead or tin

36. Sauce unregistered

When I'm doing some construction work and the side job is finished, I go and scrap the aluminum and make bank for a little amount. Compared to copper, of course...... Clean top grade aluminum is good money.

44. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You got time to work? That's new! Defending Apple is a full time job.

45. iTechies

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

how 'bout alloy?

26. nortoja79

Posts: 34; Member since: Feb 21, 2010

if that were true, more manufacturers would have made laptops out of aluminum...verify your facts before you make yourself look stupid.

41. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

my frd i didnt said aluminium is cheaper i just said what people think iknow apples strategy they go for profit then technology the talking was how samsung follows apple like products etc not in technology, samsung is way ahead of apple in technology apple cant match it accepts in tab range

33. MEeee

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

LG Prada - iPhone Samsung NP-Q1EX UMPC and older tablets came out years before iPads. Samsung has many models and Apple used same design for their low C.

32. MEeee

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

So what you're saying is Samsung following Apple for smaller tablets, phablets and gears. Samsung 1999 SPH-WP10 and 2009 S9110 smartphone watch. I didn't know that Apple was planning working on a smartwatch before 1999.

42. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

thanx for the info

37. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

You mean Galaxy Tab "Insert various sizes here" or Galaxy Note? Let me know which product they're following out of Apple's playbook Also see Galaxy Gear is not a response to apple's iWatch. They've been doing "smart" watches for many years. Lot of what samsung is doing is because they can. Unlike other manufacturers, they have the luxury of being the major component manufacturer.

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