Samsung Pressure Pushing Apple to Release Bigger iPad

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Rumors claim Apple is working on a 12.9-inch iPad, and now a new report says we may see the bigger model by the end of the third quarter thanks to increased competition from Samsung. Insider sources are saying Samsung's recent introduction of a 12.2-inch Galaxy tablet have Apple pushing to get its new iPad model out sooner than the company originally planned.

No confirmation from Apple, but reports say a bigger iPad is comingNo confirmation from Apple, but reports say a bigger iPad is coming

Apple current makes a 9.7-inch iPad -- the iPad Air -- and a 7.9-inch model called the iPad mini. Considering Apple makes the MacBook Air, Mac mini, and Mac Pro, speculation has the company using the same naming scheme in its tablet product line, hence the idea that a bigger screen iPad Pro is in the works.

It isn't a stretch to assume Apple is designing a bigger screen iPad, although the sources claiming it's coming at the end of the third quarter are potentially dubious. The news comes from market sources talking with DigiTimes, a news outlet that has a mixed track record with Apple-related rumors.

Sources from within the parts supply chain and, as DigiTimes calls them, market sources, aren't necessarily reliable because they offer a very small view into Apple's activities. Parts orders tell only a piece of the story, for example, and can be easily misconstrued to fit an idea an analyst or journalist already has about what it is that Apple is up to.

With that in mind, we're taking the DigiTimes report on the iPad Pro launch time frame with a grain of salt even though it's very likely that Apple is working on a bigger iPad screen and wants to get it on the market as soon as it reasonably can.

Comments

Don Zamifaro

Aargh.. First apple copies the 8” form factor (that Jobs said you’d need to “sharpen your fingertips” to use) now this! Samsung should sue them for 16 billion dollars!! Just disgusting. Apple has been copying since the day they copied off Xerox.

Paul Goodwin

Not sure if they’d make one the same size as the MacBook Air. 13” seems pretty large for a tablet. The iPad now is plenty big. If you’re going to carry around something that big, why not get the MBA with the Mac OS, the keyboard and all the ports. Seems like the megatablet portion of the market would be pretty limited. The “Pro” part seems like it belongs with the MBA. Doing “Pro” work on a mobile OS is challenging? It works in a pinch but doing any real work on a tablet is slow and painful compared to the laptop. Not sure you need a 13” consumption device, when you can read and browse perfectly fine on the current iPad screen size.  A 13” iPad would save around 1 lb over the MBA. Doesn’t seem like that much of a carrot to not have all the nice stuff the laptop has.

mhikl

The only ‘personal’ use I could see for such a device would be for watching video. Great this time of year for a weekend skiing trip, summer camping, the bedroom. This is how I use my iPad now. No wire hookup, just push play. The larger device would be perfect for a cuddly couple stretched out by the fireplace.
The video disruption of the iPad to TV sales I suspect is huge. Two, maybe three tykes in the back seat watching video instead of time, another good opportunity.
And what a great persuasive scenario.
“Young man, I will take away your 12 inch iPad and that leaves you, ‘You know what!”
“No, dad! Say it’s not true! Not the Samsung Galaxy.”

Paul Goodwin

Hahaha mhikl, good one… and good points about the bigger tablet.

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