iPad maxi (teaser 001)

A new rumor out from Taiwan alleges that Apple will release a large form-factor iPad with a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally in October of next year, primarily aimed at the education market. The next iPhone, the one with a larger screen compared to today’s four-inch iPhone 5s/5c, is apparently scheduled to go on sale in May 2014.

I’m not buying the May release date because Apple has never released an iPhone in May. Besides, this would break Apple’s tradition of releasing new iPhones in Fall, the practice Tim Cook established with the iPhone 4s introduction on October 4, 2011…

Hit-and-miss DigiTimes is reporting:

Apple is rumored to release a 12.9-inch tablet in October 2014, targeting North America’s educational market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.

In addition to tablets, Apple is also rumored to be planning a larger size iPhone for May 2014, using a 20nm processor manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), the sources noted.

The article goes on to note that a large-size iPad will be built by Apple’s Mac assembler Quanta Computer.

DigiTimes first mentioned Apple had commissioned Quanta to build so-called iPad maxi, or iPad pro if you will, in its late-November report. Today’s article mentions Apple was originally expected to adopt either 12.9- or 13.3-inch panels, but recently settled on a 12.9-inch form factor.

Proceed with caution: for all we know, this 12.9-inch iPad for the education market could actually turn out to be a new MacBook or MacBook Air model. In any event, it’s worth mentioning that Quanta also assembles existing MacBook and MacBook Air models.

ETNews first mentioned in May 2013 that a 12.9-inch iPad was in the works. The rumor was corroborated by The Wall Street Journal this summer, with The Korea Times recently claiming that 12.9-inch screens for the device are now in production by a “first tier display supplier”.

Chinese-language PadNews recently hinted that a 12.9-inch iPad could have a 4K display boasting a resolution of 3,840 pixels by 2,160 lines. Again, this sounds more like a Retina MacBook Air to me.

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As for a larger iPhone, Bloomberg thinks Apple will release two iPhone models next year, one with a 4.7-inch display and the other rocking a 5.5-inch screen.

Moreover, a recent report by Korea’s Hankyung asserted TSMC was contracted for the bulk of the Apple A8 chip production. A successor to the existing 64-bit A7 processor powering the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, the A8 chip should of course power 2014 iDevices.

Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted rather cryptically in his traditional end-of-year memo to troops that Apple has “big plans” for 2014 that “customers are going to love”.

Not that it tells us much about Apple’s pipeline (9to5Mac has the full contents of Cook’s email) as Apple executives always hint at great new products coming in the near future.

  • on3simpleclick

    I wonder if they could ever make the screen pressure sensitive.
    They could probably replace most drawing tablets if they did so.

    • Anonymous

      With the Mac Book Pro being nearly as slim and the MacBook Air wouldn’t be surprised if they dropped the MacBook Air for an iPad Pro

      • on3simpleclick

        Make a more advanced iPad, with more features such as pressure sensitive display, drawing stylus, true stereo speakers & wireless charging. Damn, I would buy that in a heart beat lol

      • Ricky

        They wouldn’t drop the macbook air, new user tend to use macbook air for trial first because they are cheaper and still a good choice

    • Jacques Hragar

      That would be pretty cool

  • Freddy Born

    12 inch screen with ios and 6 row icons? i hope they change it a little bit…

    • on3simpleclick

      Yeah, this is one of my major gripes with iOS at the moment.
      Apple thinks that they can just use it on any mobile device & its all good.
      But it isn’t. The iPad’s iOS needs to take advantage of the larger screen size, by fitting more icons on the screen, but that’s just the start, because they could be doing a lot more with the extra screen space they have. /:

  • ic0dex

    I’ve been an Apple fab boy from day one, owned every iPhone up till the iPhone 5 and when they released the iPhone 5S I felt like that was a slap in the face for me. I’ve been wanting a big screen iPhone since the release of the iPhone 4S but Apple did not deliver. Last week I went ahead and purchased the Samsung Note 3 to satisfy my needs. The Note 3 is an amazing device and with the feature of the S-pen is what sold me on this device then the Galaxy S4.

    Now I’m going to be honest the transition was a bit deficit and I still find my self using the iOS 7 gestures on the Note 3 that I was a accustomed to my iPhone 5 on iOS 7. A few thing I really miss most are Safari, Gestures, iMessage, Facetime, Smooth UI and Siri on how she read back to me while driving. Over all I’m enjoying the Note 3 but I hope Apple wins me back over in October. I hope they release an iPhone with a 5″ screen.

    I know a lot of you might say there is no need for a bigger screen iPhone but to tell you the truth i see so many people come in and trade their iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 for a Galaxy S4 or the Note 3. I work at Best Buy and belive me i see it everyday.

    Anyone else from here just had enough and switched to a bigger phone?

    • Hussain Alsanona

      Totally, agree. We need a bigger screen at least 4.7″ and apple must do that for big screen fan and keep the 4″ for who want it.

    • Snailpo

      Yup, i go back and fourth from my galaxy S4 to my iPhone 5s, Love them both, but really enjoy the size of that screen.

    • Kurt

      I got the Note 3 too and am very pleased with it. Can’t ever go back to a small screen again. I can hold the device farther from my face and find when I now use my 4S my eyes hurt. But if Apple makes a phablet I’ll most likely return. 1st importance is screen size 2nd is great apps. If the iphone has both they get my money. I just hope it’s more than 5 inches. I don’t know If 5″ would be too small now :-s

    • Your Mother

      did that., way back in 2011 with the Galaxy S2. been with Android ever since and have only just now started using iOS again with the iPad Air.

      funny thing is now Im using Android gestures on the iPad like swipe keyboard and such.

      there’s always a learning curve.

  • Matthew Cooper

    I dont see Apple releasing the iPhablet in May but if they want to go head to head with Samsung they would release it then. I figure the Galaxy S5 will release around that time

  • Imagine the price

  • Guest

    Doesn’t a May release go well with the previous rumor of Apple starting a 2 phone per year cycle? hmm…

  • Dj Stef

    I don’t buy it. Bigger screens from apple is soooo not apple. Doesn’t register with me. But who knows. Steve jobs is gone now and we got Tim cook making most of the decisions. I don’t think this would happen with Steve around. He was always about simplicity. Now there’s gonna be like 5-6 idevices that all do the same thing but a different sizes (well almost). It would be cool though if they, like asus, made their 3G iPads make phone calls too. I know they’re big for the hand but I mean useable with a headset. Still nice to have. But I doubt it will happen.

  • Your Mother

    4k display., like Samsung,
    large tablet like Samsung
    phablet like Samsung.

    If you cant beat em’ sue em’ or copy em’ lol

  • bring_it_on

    Apple would also copy samsung and others by making the revolutionary product the world has known as the Television…I guess its totally coppying Samsung on that too..Bottom line, by that yardstick apple always copies someone, as they neither invented the smartphone, nor the portable music player and definitly not the tablet..It is however amazing that the market for such product EXPLODES soon after apple enters and shows the other OEM’s how it is really done! Props to Samsung for getting in the phablet game much ahead of most..Time will tell whether apple’s version is just a bigger smartphone or includes capabilities that diffirentiate it from its smaller cousin and other players in the 5″ + Phab market!