Remember when Steve Jobs talked about how the original iPad was the perfect size for a tablet? And when he mentioned that a 7-inch tablet was essentially useless when you can have a 9.7-inch iPad? Well, obviously Apple backtracked on its word on that one, and introduced the iPad mini, which is still my preferred iPad. However, if recent rumors are to be believed, Apple may not be done experimenting with different sized displays for iPads. While we’ve heard it before, rumors are starting up again that Tim Cook and Co. are considering manufacturing a brand new iPad with a 12.9-inch display.
While we’ve heard this, the more interesting part of this rumor is the fact that this tablet could possibly be packing a 4K display resolution. The rumor claims that Apple would introduce a 2K resolution version of the larger iPad in early 2014, and then launch a 4K version later in the year. The 2K version would apparently land in stores in April, with the higher resolution version coming in October with the yearly update to the iPad line. It is also worth noting that while specific resolutions were not mentioned, many consider the iPad Air’s resolution of 2,048-by-1,536 to be 2K resolution already for a 9.7-inch tablet, so it is likely that the larger tablet would include a similar pixel-per-inch count.
It has been rumored many times that Apple was working on a larger display for the iPad, but this is one of the first times we’ve heard mention of a 4K display in the tablet. This also adds fuel to the fire of the rumors that Apple is hoping to replace the 11-inch MacBook Air with a larger iPad. With higher specs, it is more likely that this iPad would be aiming to replace the current ultra-thin laptop.
What do you think of this new tablet rumor? Would you buy a larger iPad with an ultra high resolution 4K display to replace your laptop? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments section below, or tweet me at @TiP_Griffin.