Crazy rumor calls for 12.9-inch ‘iPad maxi’ in early-2014

By , May 28, 2013

iPad maxi (teaser 001)

Sorting through the ocean of rumors today, I stumbled upon a Chinese report suggesting a twice as sharp Retina display on the next iPhone. While there’s some chance we could see Apple develop a higher-resolution iPhone at some point, another sketchy report claims that the company is also working on a much larger iPad with a 12.9-inch display.

If true, this would put the rumored ‘iPad maxi’ in the range of netbooks and notebooks and appeal to niche market verticals, such as digital photographers, pro video editors, designers, content creators and so forth…

The rumor comes via Korean web publication ETNews.com which doesn’t have a particularly accurate track record.

A translation provided by Unwired View mentions unnamed industry sources who apparently told ETNews.com that Apple is already talking to Korean display and other component manufacturers about the part supplies.

A 12.9-inch ‘iPad maxi’, if you believe the report, is due for launch in early-2014.

In addition to creative pros, the device is believed to target educational market and digital textbooks, which would certainly look great on the bigger screen. The last tidbit: Apple with partners is said to be developing a new display technology with less glare, to be used in classrooms.

I’m not sure what to make of the story, if anything.

In addition to ETNews’ unreliable track record, Apple typically likes to keep things simple and streamline its product families. Whereas other manufacturers throw a bunch of form factors at the wall to see if it sticks, Apple offers its iPhone and iPad in only two screen sizes each.

On the other hand, I guess you could argue that Tim Cook’s Apple has already broken away from the past by releasing the 7.9-inch iPad mini, introducing a four-inch iPhone 5 and updating the iPad 3 with a speedier chip and Lightning I/O just six months following its release.

Taking it all in, we could speculate that Cook & Co. are accepting market realities and readying an iPod-ization of the iPhone and iPad product families with several new form factors.

Many analysts embrace the idea of larger form-factor iOS devices. And with Samsung going strong, phablets are here to stay. Cook is a clever guy and as such likely not married to any particular device form factor.

I don’t think he’ll ignore market trends and watch rival makers erode Apple’s standing as its ‘two-sizes-fits-all’ strategy appears to be backfiring.

Thoughts?

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  • Taylor Harris

    Great… I can definitely see where this is headed – The Maxi Pad … I wondered when the age of technology would arrive at the point where gadgets and devices were indistinguishable from menstrual hygiene supplies.

  • Isa Altintas

    And the purpose is … ?

    • Yash Gorana

      HD porn ?

  • TesticularFortitude

    “I don’t think he’ll ignore market trends and watch rival makers erode Apple’s standing as its ‘two-sizes-fits-all’ strategy appears to be backfiring.”

    Hilarious. How many iPads did Apple sale last quarter?

  • MHCsk

    Why do you even post this shit? Everybody knows that’s not gonna happen.

    • Dani Hayes

      To get views.

    • Stephaughn Alston

      And then mentions in the article plenty of times that the source has an unreliable track record. He must’ve been bored.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    MaxiPad.. :P

    • mrloko

      Sounds like senitary padS lol

  • Jalib Akther Bin Abdul Majeed

    I guess they do not produce a retina display with a double pixel density that of the present one, because in the WWDC 2010 they fixed that the required amount of pixel density is ~300, greater than 300 is useless, it doesn’t gonna make any change..
    So why should they increase the pixel density?

  • Nasser Cedeño

    jajajajaja Oh Mother Of God 12.9inch ipad ..lol

  • Dan

    I don’t see this happening

  • laszlo gaspar

    i know i want it

  • http://twitter.com/monster_hazardo Roger Riekki

    No way jose!

  • Oliver López Félix

    it can be more like an iPad Pro… With more processor power, so the developers can make heavy apps… or something like that haha

  • Gorgonphone

    no thanks

  • Kurt

    I’d buy it in a heart beat