Rumor: Big iPad Coming in October, Kills 11-inch MacBook Air

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Rumor says 12.9-inch iPad coming to the education market in October 2014The latest rumor about bigger iPads has Apple releasing a 12.9-inch model in October 2014, and it may be a replacement for the 11-inch MacBook Air. This big iPad model will apparently target the education market, which doesn't exactly fit with the idea that Apple will call it the iPad Pro.

This rumor comes courtesy of DigiTimes talking with "the upstream supply chain," which doesn't a strong reputation for consistently reliable rumor reports. In this case, dropping the 11-inch MacBook Air from Apple's laptop lineup doesn't sound particularly plausible.

According to sources, the iPad isn't the only Apple product getting bigger in 2014. The iPhone will allegedly get a bigger screen come May and will include a new processor manufactured by TSMC using a 20nm process.

The DigiTimes sources also said the 12.9-inch iPad will be built for Apple by Quanta Computer.

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A bigger iPad? Sure. That's pretty likely. Ditching the 11-inch MacBook Air? Not so likely. And targeting the just the education market with the bigger iPad doesn't seem all that likely, either.

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Shameer Mulji 1

The MBA line is stuck between a rock and a hard place.  As iOS gains more capabilities over time, an iPad will have no problem replacing an 11” MBA.  At the other end, for only $200 more, you can get a 13.3” rMBP instead of a 13.3” MBA, which makes it a better value.  There’s two possible scenarios;

1.  Apple creates a bigger iPad running as more feature-rich iOS that’s capable to replace a MBA

2. Apple releases a 12.9” rMBA to replace both, the 11” & 13” MBA, powered by an Apple-designed processor, and running a “stripped-down” OSX (meaning an OSX that will only run apps that are on the Mac App store and not any legacy Carbon-based apps)


A bigger iPad for education sounds good. But making it Retina ?? That would add huge expense for little gain. Schools are often strapped for funds, and parents/interest-groups are ready to complain about cost of iPads vs. cheep Wintel notebooks. So making a $2000 iPad doesn’t seem like such a great plan to me.


I would love to see a slightly larger MBA screen squeezed into the same case as the current 11” MBA footprint.

Spyder Ryder

I really want a touch-screen Mac OSX laptop (probably a Macbook Air) in about 13-15”.  Like Windows 8, the new OSXs are designed for touch-screen and being able to slide screens with your fingers.  Right now we have to do in on a trackpad which is so 20th century.  And the ipads are a joke because iOS is a bigger joke.  They are toys, not real computers.  I wan’t a touchscreen on a real computer.

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