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Apple Prepping 12.9″ iPad with Production Slated for Q1 2015: Bloomberg

Bloomberg has just reported Apple is preparing to manufacture a 12.9-inch iPad, set to launch sometime in early 2015, which seems to corroborate what one analyst predicted back in February:

Apple Inc’s suppliers are preparing to manufacture the company’s largest-ever iPad, with production scheduled to commence by the first quarter of next year, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The new iPad will have a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public.

Sources also reiterated previous rumours that a 9.7-inch iPad and refreshed iPad mini have already commenced manufacturing, set for a holiday debut.

Also, sources also mention larger iPhone screen sizes are coming in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, set to be announced at a September 9 media event (no surprise here).

Last year, the WSJ reported Apple was testing larger iPads with screens up to 13-inches in size, while earlier this year alleged prototype images surfaced claiming to be the larger iPad. Digitimes reported in March Apple had apparently shelved their 13-inch iPad plans for this year, backtracking on a previous story we could expect the launch in 2014.

Could we see a separate March iPad event to unveil a massive 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’? We already expect refreshed iPad Air and Retina iPad mini models this fall.

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  • bionicmonk

    29.7″ ipad, coming to you September 2018.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Gary

    Touch ID in that iPad just needs a nice tap from your face

  • Al

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they announce it at the iPad event (October?). Apple will look stupid if the continue to market a iPad “Air” with no counter (non-Air) product.

    And it’s got to be more than just a traditional iPad. I’m still throwing it out there that it may run OSX.

  • K3

    Thanks for the update Gary this should be a great alternative for artists not into the Wacom price tags. Just need the iwatch for those deadlines- “get back to your tablet” ????