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Quanta Computer, an Apple supplier mainly responsible for assembly work concerning computers like the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, may have been tasked with building Apple’s two next big things, a rumored health/fitness wearable device and an assumed big screen iPad.

The company and its Fremont, California plant are listed on Apple’s Supplier Responsibility Page as a final assembler for Macs and now the notoriously hit-and-miss DigiTimes is reporting that Quanta has inked a deal to product the so-called iPad Maxi for the late-2014, in addition to iWatch production for the second half of next year…

DigiTimes writes:

Apple is rumored be planning to release a 12.9-inch iPad in 2014 with Quanta in charge of manufacturing the device, the sources noted.

Quanta is expected to encounter several challenges in terms of industrial design and assembly when making the large-size iPad. And since the size is not the mainstream specification, order volumes are expected to be limited, the sources said.

Aside from Compal, other companies are competing over iWatch orders such as Inventec, Quanta and Foxconn Electronics, also known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, the trade publication asserted. The article goes on to note that a large-size iPad will mainly target the education and enterprise markets.

As for the iWatch, DigiTimes claims that component makers have already started the pilot production. However, due to low yields, mass production of the Apple smartwatch is rumored to have been postponed from the first quarter of 2014 to the second.

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Needless to say, take DigiTimes with a grain of salt.

DigiTimes back in August said Quanta lost out on an unspecified portion of iMac orders to rival Pegatron, another Apple contract manufacturer which assembles iPhones and iPads along with Foxconn.

The move apparently came as Apple had decided to reshuffle its supply chain and shift some of assembly work to other companies in order to keep risk at a minimum and better manage the production lines.

ETNews first mentioned in May 2013 that a 12.9-inch iPad Maxi was in the pipleine.

The Wall Street Journal corroborated the rumor this summer, with The Korea Times reporting just a few days ago that the iPad Maxi’s 12.9-inch screen is now in production by a “first tier display supplier” (Samsung?).

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Apple CEO Tim Cook let slip in a conference call with analysts that his company could enter new product categories next year.

“You will see exciting new products from us in the fall and across 2014,” he teased. “We obviously believe that we can use our skills at building other great products that are in categories that represent areas that we do not participate today”.

Does a nearly 13-inch iPad make any sense at all?

  • chumawumba

    iPad maxi? That sounds like the name of a tampon.

    • Kurt

      Maxi iPad…sounds about right

      • Glorin

        It will probably get the “PRO” name

      • Kurt

        So no Maxi iPad?

  • Yash Gorana

    iPad Maxi ! Seriously ! I’ll slap Cook if he names it iPad Maxi !

    • Question

      Maxi pads lmfaoo

  • Joe

    It’ll be the iPad Pro.. Duh

  • pauleebe

    There’s no way they’d call it that, “Maxi”.
    I think it’d make more sense to see them change the lineup as follows:
    iPad Air 7.9 in (rebrand iPad Mini w/ retina)
    iPad Air 9.7 in
    iPad Pro 9.7 in
    iPad Pro 12.9 in

    iPad 2 will be dead come next year.

  • Othman

    I think that Apple will call it iPad Pro, like the MacBook family (mini, Air and Pro)

  • Apanizo2

    Maxi Pad lol

  • appleyay

    ipad maxi better come with a stand to prop it up or it will be fail

  • Truffol

    iPad Pro sounds better. Imagine replacing that cracked screen…it’d easily be a $300 part.