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Report: Apple working on 12.9-inch iPad for release next year

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9.8-inches not big enough for you? A new report from The Korea Times claims that Apple(s aapl) is readying a 12.9-inch iPad for release earlier next year to complement the 9.8-inch iPad Air and 7.9-inch iPad mini.

According to an official at an Apple supplier interviewed in the report, “Apple’s local first-tier display supplier is now producing a 12.9-inch Retina Display to be used in the new iPad, which will be coming out sometime early next year.”

This actually jibes with a previous report from the Wall Street Journal, that claimed Apple is working on a new iPad that measures “slightly less than 13 inches.”

In addition to the significantly larger form factor, this new iPad is said to have an even sharper screen than current models. According to the report, “As the Apple partner intends to boost its lineup for displays that have almost ultra high-definition (UHD) quality, the upcoming iPad will provide very clear quality similar to that of UHD.”

While a huge, ultra high-def iPad would be interesting, I’m not sure how much I’d actually expect to see one anytime soon. 12.9 inches is quite a large form factor, and one that we haven’t really seen take off in the tablet market. I’m not convinced about the utility of such a large tablet, aside from maybe an alternative to professional creative tablets like the Wacom Cintiq.

14 Responses to “Report: Apple working on 12.9-inch iPad for release next year”

  1. I recall with great joy seeing how good my photos look when the iPad 3 came out. I can just imagine the wow factor with a bigger and greater pixel count tablet. At that new size PDF scans of magazines and newspapers might be a real option rather than just the present arrangments. We may not imagine all the benefits just yet, but why not both or more sizes? I would love to get away from using my non retina computer screen. Yes, I know that every screen can be retina-like if you move far enough away, but that doesn’t work well for me on my desktop computer.

  2. As a working musician using a larger iPad as a sheet music replacement would be a major win. The 9.7 is marginal but usable. The larger display would make it a slam dunk.

  3. This is a page-sized screen and it’s going to replace paper in the Enterprise. The standard iPad is too small to do that. Also a page-size is going to be very attractive for artwork, Graphic Design and Professional Photo Editing.

    • Shameer Mulji

      Apple made the 9.7″ thinner and lighter because users complained it was too heavy and uncomfortable to hold. Going bigger will make it, well, less mobile which kind of defeats the purpose of a tablet.

    • exactly. and in addition to that thought i rly hope they implement a decent digitizer for pressure sensitivity. – replacing paper would make it usable in many fields, for example note taking in lectures…

  4. Great news, and thanks for being on top of this, Alex.

    By the way, not to gibe at you but, as some may already have told you, the expression is “jibes with” rather than “jives with” when one thing is similar to or confirms another thing.

    Except, I suppose, in a jazz quartet.


    Walter Wright

  5. mishainfotech63

    I think carrying this much big size tab is going to be difficult instead it is easy to carry a simple mini laptop…………
    otherwise, All the Best to APPLE……

  6. Nicholas Paredes

    A larger iPad will be useful for the creative apps we are designing. I will definitely buy one, and hope to find it useful. A 15″ or 17″ iPad would be better. The Panasonic 20″ tablet was supposed to be available with Android; sadly it is not.

    LArger tablets will become the work surface of tomorrow…