Rumor: Foxconn testing production for 11.4 or 12.9 inch iPads for 2014

iPad 12.9 inch

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?

Source: PadNews
Via: AppleInsider

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  • I’m somewhat at a loss with these rumors. While the iPad Air naming convention opens up the way for something larger (a ‘Pro’ model), I’m not sure how it would be pulled off. A larger iPad? Is there a big need for it? I think the Air and mini would be more consumer oriented. Any larger iPad model would likely be catered more for businesses or commercial use.
    IF these rumors are true and Apple does go for a product of this size, I hope it is for an iPad and not a MacBook Air with touchscreen. I don’t want to see OS X become the next Windows 8.