Report claims 12.9” iPads to be delayed until next year

Report claims 12.9” iPads to be delayed until next year
Ever since the first rumor last year, there have been a lot of controversial whispers about Apple's supposed iPad "Pro", which would come with a large 12.9" display. While some, more optimistic, techies are hoping to see the new slate at the Apple event, scheduled for October the 16th, others say it will not be announced before our calendars reach 2015, and some even claim that the idea has been shelved altogether, due to the general fall in tablet sales in the past months and lack of proper support from developers.

Today, the WSJ claims in a report that the maxi-sized tablet will not be ready for a 2014 launch, because Apple's suppliers are hard at work, producing iPhone 6 units en masse, in an attempt to meet the strong demand. According to the unnamed sources, Apple was planning to start mass production of the 12.9” iPads this December, which would be an interesting move, as such a late start of production would definitely miss the holiday season and end up in the financial pit that is the beginning of the new year.

Of course, Apple could be looking to launch the device, if it even exists, together with the Apple Watch, which is supposed to go on sale some time early next year. It would make sense to host another event for the Watch, when it finally launches, but only if there is another product to introduce alongside it, so the event doesn't lack in content.

Whether a large, production-oriented iPad is in the pipeline, is an arguable matter. After all – tablets, and especially Apple's offerings – are most often associated with media-consuming devices that can assist one in small work tasks, but nothing huge. However, a move from Apple to create a more business-oriented unit could make sense, after the partnership it struck with IBM to provide enterprises with iOS devices, loaded with office-oriented apps.

What do you think? Do you believe that a plan for a 12.9” iPad even exists?

source: WSJ via iMore

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18 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They're waiting to see what will the new Note tablet line bring with it software wise, clone it, and then give it a revolutionary name.

2. CoastCity

Posts: 257; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

or spreading pr rumors about hard demand

4. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Lol yes, Samsung is a victim when it comes to copying lol Joke of the day, thank you.

6. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Let's say Samsung copied "rounded corners"(which is a lame joke if you ask me), but last time I checked it wasn't Samsung who copied the phablet concept, smartwatches, bigger screens, predictive keyboard, quick toggles, one handed operation, lockscreen, and it wasn't Android who copied the widgets, pull down notification bar, live wallpaper, use 3rd party keyboards, battery stats, Hey Siri from Ok Google, App videos in the App store, iCloud Drive from Google Drive. AND TRUST ME, there are TONSSS of more features that Apple iStole from Android, Samsung and almost every Android OEM. But I thought these might be enough to shut you up.

7. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Please list the patents that were copied by Apple.

8. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

iMorons follow the lead of their beloved Apple, things if not patented are okay to be copied! I am glad that no major OEM follows the footsteps of Apple and start patenting and sues everyone for stupid patents like the rounded corners one. Take a look at Tesla, they revolutionized the EV industry and opted to keep their patents to the public for them to use it because they believe it is healthy for the competition and the customers.

9. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

You sound pretty mad broseph. Are you jealous of Apple's success? You speak as if everything in Android is original. Here's what it comes down to brosephine. Everyone copies. Don't use Samsung next time as a reference company of being copied...LOL

10. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Phablet? You mean like the dell 5" phone that came a long time ago?

15. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Isn't Siri bought by Apple? Well, phone screen was getting bigger before Galaxy, just the fact Samsung pushed it faster than any other companies. Let's say everything are not about how it look, it's about how it was made. Ex: Coke vs Pepsi ,,,,

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Why dont you list all the ones Samsung copied from Apple. Screen rotation lock Video trimming Battery percentage meter Original Galaxy phone, and UI design Unifying of the brand (making them the same on all carriers) Releasing devices at marquee events Voice recorder app Plugs and usb's Stores that mimic apple down to employees shirts The Galaxy Tab line Hope back to the top of a page Reader view on the web S-Voice There's more, but I though these might be enough to shut you up. Rounded corners, puuuuuulease.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Chamfered edges on the alpha, and note 4 too.

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

800$ for a 12 " ipad?

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Your posts are so wack dude, that would be cheap depending on the storage. You should just read the comments, and not post.

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Lol and I bet they bring nothing new. There has to be some big changes made into tablets before they become logical.

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

They probably have to redesign them because of some idiotic structural weakness that allows them to be easily stressed into a shape other than flat.

11. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I guess we should be thankful there aren't gigantic gaps on the screen too!

12. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The question is : will it bend ?

13. Malki

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

It will,they need time to make it more bendable

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