Since Steve Jobs introduced the iPad in 2010, the screen size has stayed exactly the same. No change, what so ever. Apple introduced the smaller iPad mini in 2012, following a build of pressure for Cupertino to accommodate for those who wanted a more portable and cheaper iPad. Despite Steve Jobs famous rant on ‘we won’t ever make a 7 inch tablet – we don’t think they’re good products’. They’ve changed their tune.
It seems Apple may again, succumb to the market pressure to produce a different sized iPad, but not a smaller iPad… a larger iPad. According to Korean suppliers, Apple has placed an order for a 12.9-inch Retina display! I know, 12.9 inches! A little too big? The larger iPad would naturally ship with a resolution of 3840 x 2160, that’s closer to 4K than the current Retina of 2048 x 1536. This could market the iPad better for those hardcore users, who rely on accuracy of the display. As long as Apple doesn’t try to commit daylight robbery (or at least more daylight robbery) and not charge us in excess of £600, we’d guess any larger iPad would sell well.
Three sizes of iPad would allow Apple to compete at either end of the market, small or large – catering for every consumer need. Since Apple launched the iPad Air last month, rumours have circulated about an upcoming ‘iPad Pro’. Apple runs a ‘Air’ line-up of Macbooks and also ship more professional ‘Pro’ models – so we’re not pulling stuff out of thin air. There is a possibility. If Apple does label this larger iPad, the ‘iPad Pro’, then you could obviously expect drastically improved innards as well as Touch iD.
So, would you go large? Does a 13 inch iPad suit you?