Reports suggest Apple is developing a 13-inch ‘iPad maxi'

There is certainly no shortage of tablets to choose from these days, with a plethora of Windows 8.1 devices flooding the market, alongside a seemingly endless assortment of Android slates of all shapes and sizes. But it is Apple’s iPad range that continues to dominate sales – and profits – in the growing tablet space, and the strong launch of the latest iPad Air suggests that that is unlikely to change any time soon.

Apple successfully diversified its tablet range with the smaller iPad mini last year, but reports suggest that the company may be looking to expand its offering further with a larger addition to its tablet range.

China’s PadNews claims that Apple’s manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has been testing larger iPads than the current ‘full-size’ 9.7-inch versions, with a screen size of 11.4- or 12.9-inches. The big tablet – unflatteringly dubbed the ‘iPad maxi’ – is said to be “in an advanced stage of testing”, and could be on track for launch in March 2014.

This latest claim follows similar reports from earlier this year, as AppleInsider notes. The Wall Street Journal said in July that its sources had revealed the existence of a larger iPad with a screen sized at “slightly less than 13-inches diagonally”; a further report, published in September by China’s United Daily News, pointed to the existence of a 12-inch iPad in development.

Of course, the rumour mill frequently churns out stories about Apple that don’t exactly pan out – we’re still waiting for that Apple HDTV set, for example – so for now, take all of this with a fistful of salt.

Source: PadNews via AppleInsider | image via Apple

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Fun with the name aside, I can't see them coming out with a larger tablet, especially with all the hype surrounding the mini.

I sure hope this isn't the "new product category" that Cook ominously hinted at recently. I also seriously doubt it.

Oh god. I hope it isn't named that. Probably iPad Pro.

I've never been to confession before, but after seeing the circle jerk in this thread I need to go find myself a priest.

I'd buy one. Perfect for the entertainment room. This would not be a mobile device, but perfect for a home theatre/gaming/entertainment room.

Now MS will be confused again whether to follow small form factor or aim for big one. Will be late for another two years to really understand the market.

"Understand the market"? I'm a huge iPad fan but all this says to me is that the company is increasingly bereft of ideas and creative leadership at the top after Steve's death. I'm sure if it comes about it will be well-made like most things Apple, but I don't see how long they can limp along with such incremental changes. Unfortunately at this point unless something changes drastically I don't see another segment-defining product coming from them.

it's like the mobile phone....
smaller, smaller, even smaller till the point touch became hip.
after that it was bigger, bigger, bigger....

Apple probably will 'invent' the hybrid tablet/ultrabook and call it 'evolutionary" and lightyears ahead of the competition. /s

13" iPad with iOS? Why? Is 9.7" too small for a tablet? At what price?

A Macbook Air retina with OSX would be better...


In what alternate universe was the Mac Mini and Apple TV a flop? They've always been regarded as two of the best choices in their product segments.

mnl231 said,
so basically a MaxiPad, thats a form of feminine hygiene product.

Except Apple will sue them, claiming that their name infringes and that Apple came up with it first...

After using my iPad Air for the weekend it's actually close to the perfect size. I was debating whether getting the Mini2 or the Air and decided to get the Air. I used to have a 1st gen iPad and personally I found it too big for most "tablet" tasks, if they really want a 13" tablet it would have to run OSX and looking at their product lineup it wouldn't make much sense (although it would be pretty cool....)

I don't see this happening. Since 2010, Apple has been trying to convince everyone that the 9.7" 4:3 aspect ration device they have is the best you can buy. Yet 7" tablets have been selling far better to the point, they ran out and made theirs smaller.

They spent time criticizing larger tablets saying they are pointless and now they are going to make one bigger?

TechieXP said,
I don't see this happening. Since 2010, Apple has been trying to convince everyone that the 9.7" 4:3 aspect ration device they have is the best you can buy. Yet 7" tablets have been selling far better to the point, they ran out and made theirs smaller.

They spent time criticizing larger tablets saying they are pointless and now they are going to make one bigger?

Yes, of course. And then they'll mock everyone that doesn't make a 13" tablet. This is their whole modus operandi. Make fun of everyone that does something different, then when the different thing becomes popular, they imitate it and proclaim they've created something new and magical.

TechieXP said,
I don't see this happening. Since 2010, Apple has been trying to convince everyone that the 9.7" 4:3 aspect ration device they have is the best you can buy.

Well, duh. They're trying to sell iPads, not Surfaces...

Well it's nice that for once Apple aren't saying "this is the best size, take it or leave it" and actually giving customers a choice. 9" might be perfect for one person, 13" for another. As long as they feel there's enough demand it's worth doing. As computing moves away from traditional OS's and iOS replaces OSX as the main OS for Apple a 13" iPad Pro makes more and more sense. Eventually apps will be good enough to replace a lot of OS X apps and people will replace their Airs and Pros with iPads. When Steve Jobs said post PC he really meant post-Mac; but was too smart to say that as it would have killed Mac sales and Apple stock.

devHead said
Yes, of course. And then they'll mock everyone that doesn't make a 13" tablet. This is their whole modus operandi. Make fun of everyone that does something different, then when the different thing becomes popular, they imitate it and proclaim they've created something new and magical.
Exactly!

And that's one of the reasons why I don't like Apple.

devHead said,

Yes, of course. And then they'll mock everyone that doesn't make a 13" tablet. This is their whole modus operandi. Make fun of everyone that does something different, then when the different thing becomes popular, they imitate it and proclaim they've created something new and magical.

I didn't know 13 inch tablets were popular.

stevan said,

He said "as of a rumor", not "because of this rumor"

Must....learn....how.....to.....read!

Dude...its the same. As of right...because of right now. See any difference? That;s right...there isn't any. Its like saying beautiful vs pretty. Are they exactly the same? No...do they have similar meanings? YES!

The fact is, with or without the rumor, others are already making such items. Are they not?

TechieXP said,
Dude...its the same. As of right...because of right now. See any difference? That;s right...there isn't any. Its like saying beautiful vs pretty. Are they exactly the same? No...do they have similar meanings? YES!

The fact is, with or without the rumor, others are already making such items. Are they not?

You said "because of this rumor" and proceeded to attack Apple. What he said was bc of rumor, as in a rumor Samsung is making it.

Like I said, must...learn...how...to...read...

stevan said,

You said "because of this rumor" and proceeded to attack Apple. What he said was bc of rumor, as in a rumor Samsung is making it.

Like I said, must...learn...how...to...read...

I read it the way I understood it, just as you did. When you read something, its meaning can be taken lots of ways. I don't attack Apple. Apple like Microsoft of the late 70's and early 80's is a douchebag company. MS has changed for the better and Apple has gotten worse.

If I was to attack Apple, Cupertino would be a desert right now. That would be an attack.

TechieXP said,
I read it the way I understood it, just as you did. When you read something, its meaning can be taken lots of ways. I don't attack Apple. Apple like Microsoft of the late 70's and early 80's is a douchebag company. MS has changed for the better and Apple has gotten worse.

If I was to attack Apple, Cupertino would be a desert right now. That would be an attack.

I read it the way it was written. You didn't and made yourself look foolish, again...

Maxi? Really? Umm, ok. Everyone enjoy their iPad MAXI....or should it be hte MAXiPad?

I hope if this rumor is true, it is not called the MAXI.

I guess my friend and I are idiotic douchbags for using abbreviations such as XBone or XBO for the sake of brevity. I guess we shouldn't tell people that as we wait in line to get the XBone on launch day...

god, I really hate the "Xbone" abbreviation. It wasn't even all that clever or funny in the first place, so why people insist on continuing to use is lost on me.

Drewidian said,
It doesn't matter. That's what people will call it by default like Xbone.

Doesn't matter...people already call it that, lol.

Nik Louch said,
Only idiotic douchebags call it the xbone. It's hardly the "go to nickname"...

Yikes, someone gets butthurt over a name. How lame.