Rumors: Apple's large 12.9-inch iPad could be released in late Q3, Samsung has more Lite tablets in the pipeline

Rumors: Apple's large 12.9-inch iPad could be released in late Q3, Samsung has more Lite tablets in the pipeline
Earlier this month, Samsung went all PRO at CES and unveiled two new 12.2-inch tablets called Galaxy TabPRO 12.2 and Galaxy NotePRO - thus putting a fruitful end to the flurry of rumors regarding its oversized tablets. Will Apple follow with a larger-than-usual tablet? It appears that it will, as rumors about this have also flooded news feeds recently.

The latest rumor comes from Taiwan’s DigiTimes and has it that, according to “market sources”, Apple “is likely” to launch a 12.9-inch iPad “by the end of the third quarter at the earliest.” Assuming that this is correct, we could see the new iPad before the end of September.

The 12.9-inch iPad might be targeted at enterprise and education markets rather than regular users. That’s pretty much all we know about it at this point.

It’s said that Apple may sell a total of 80 to 90 million tablets throughout 2014 - obviously including the new iPad Air and iPad Mini models which are expected to replace the current versions in the second half of the year.

Samsung will likely also sell a high number of tablets before the end of 2014, possibly up to 60 - 70 million units (compared to 40 million in 2013). DigiTimes claims that the South Korean company has more Galaxy Lite tablets prepared for this year - to complement the allegedly cheap Tab3 Lite announced earlier this week.

Of course, since the details above do not come from official sources, we should remain skeptical and wait for some form of confirmation before actually believing them.

source: DigiTimes

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16 Comments

1. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Great, I need bigger tablet. With Note 3, Nexus 7 feels bit too small for tablet. iPad Air or Pro might be good option. Well, I wait for it and see what devices are around then.

2. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Apple must start making a new interface for its tablets as iOS7 is so boring on tablets.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Tell them that.

9. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

i hope they do something about it especially the music app (i miss iTunes like interface on iOS 6). 12.9 inch would be lovely if they had multiwindows option like Samsung did, but i think the iOS won't allow us to do so?

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's not iOS allowing it, it's Samsung allowing apple to do it. Remember some phones don't do certain things due to patents.

13. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

It's not what i mean DJ, i mean iOS doesn't allow us to run 2 apps simultaneously (i forgot but i read it somewhere at anadtech). That's why iOS run smoothly even it only has 1 gig of ram when there is so many apps running as background.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Oh ok my bad.

3. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

A 12.9 tablet will be okay for enterprise and educational purposes cause I believe these monsters will be top heavy but at the same time being the ideal driver for productivity. Samsung's lineup was great and probably people will be waiting for middle ground.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well apparently Apple has finally caught up to the size race of 2010 or so. Now let us see the droves of iCultists justify larger sizes with their short memories and revisionist historian-ism (some how apple invented the larger screens already and we just didn't know it). All easy jabs aside though, 12+ inches just goes into laptop territory and I think touch screen laptops would be much more suited for that role because they can ACTUALLY be used for productivity and therefore, education.

10. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Oh, chill with those nasty asides man 12+" tablets will catch on and in case you weren't aware, PC shares are slowly going downhill.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Release the large iPhone

7. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

TM troll

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude, go away before you get this acct banned too. Everyone knows you're "Troll TM", you're not fooling anyone. Be thankful you found another IPS #, and avoided PA's detection. Leave me alone, we have absolutely nothing to chat about, I do not enjoy chatting with you, go away and bother someone else.

14. Extradite

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

What the he'll are you talking about.?

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You were banned as Troll, .Troll, question mark, and now Extradite. That's 4 time dude, give up and get lost.

11. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yes, please. The only thing that kept me from getting the iPhone 5S was the fact that it was a pain to type on in portrait mode, and any type of bulky case like a Mophie Juice Pack would make it really awkward to hold because it was so tall and narrow. If Apple could launch a larger iPhone with a slightly altered UI to make better use of the display on the homescreen (rather than just rows of apps), that would be amazing.

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