According to a post from the Chinese tablet news site
) long-time Chinese manufacturing partner
(OTCMKTS:FXCOF) is testing a large-format iPad for release as early
as March 2014. The new iPad is said to boast a diagonal screen size
of 12.9 inches (though another source, cited in the same article,
claimed the size would be 11.4-inches). The iPad Air, Apple's
newest tablet, has a 9.7-inch screen.
Rumors about a large-screen Apple tablet have circulated on the
Internet for months, with many journalists dubbing the rumored
device the "iPad Maxi." In July, the
Wall Street Journal
reported that its sources said the new iPad would have a display
that is "slightly less than 13 inches diagonally."
In September, another Chinese publication,
United Daily News
reported that Apple was producing a 12-inch iPad in collaboration
(OTCMKTS:QUCCF), the company that manufactures the current MacBook
Per usual in the world of online Apple speculation, these rumors
were overshadowed by the hype surrounding the company's launch
events. In September, Apple released the iOS7 and its new iPhones.
In October, the world was introduced to the iPad Air and the new,
free desktop operating system, Mavericks.
Now that the dust has settled, speculation again turns to a
Apple's primary competitor,
(OTCMKTS:SSNLF) has a 10.1-inch tablet on the market now: its
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Even larger is
) Vaio Tap 11, which runs
) Windows 8 and boasts an 11.6-inch screen, but also, a steep,
$1,000 price tag.
Apple's 7.9-inch iPad Mini has been quite successful, enough so
that some analysts and experts have commented on how it is
cannibalizing Apple's larger tablet. If a small iPad has had that
effect, what would a large-format iPad do for the company?
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