On the Apple rumor mill there’s always one repetitive theme: It needs to (or is going to) be bigger. We’ve heard it about the iPhone for years. Apple’s iPhone 4s was supposed to be a larger-screened iPhone 5 with a curved back according to the pre-release speculation. We’ve also been reading for a while now that the iPhone 6 will have a 4.8-inch screen.
Today, PadNews claims it has information from the supply chain that Foxconn is in the middle of testing production for a larger iPad. With a display measuring either 11.4 or 12.9 inches diagonally, this “iPad maxi” is set to be released in 2014. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard a 12.9-inch iPad rumor. Back in July, Wall Street Journal stated that information from its own sources suggested the same, with Quanta Computers stating a similar belief in September.
Whether or not it’s finally released, it’s probable that Apple is testing a 13-inch iPad. Cupertino’s known for testing and trying out a variety of options to see what they can turn in to a great experience. It’s been done with the iPod and Mac lineup, and since the iPad follows in the footsteps of those devices, it’s not impossible to imagine a bigger option. But as is always the case with tested devices, there’s a high chance Apple decides not to manufacture and release it.
For now, we can only take these rumors with the usual seasoning. What I want to know from you is whether you think there’s a need for a 13-inch iPad. What could it offer that I can’t get from a smaller 9.7″ tablet? Is there any benefit to going bigger?