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Rumour: Apple Supplier Building 12.9-inch iPad Pro Display for Early 2014 Launch

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The Korea Times reports that a local Apple display supplier has started production of 12.9-inch Retina displays used in the next-generation iPad, which is projected to arrive early next year. The report says the 12.9-inch iPad will have an improved display close to UHD (ultra high definition) quality. This means more pixels than the currently available iPad Air and the iPad mini 2.

“Apple’s local first-tier display supplier is now producing a 12.9-inch Retina Display to be used in the new iPad, which will be coming out sometime early next year,” an official at a local Apple supplier in Korea told The Korea Times by telephone Tuesday.

…“The 12.9-inch iPad will have improved picture quality. As the Apple partner intends to boost its lineup for displays that have almost ultra high-definition (UHD) quality, the upcoming iPad will provide very clear quality similar to that of UHD,” said the official.

This isn’t the first time rumours of a bigger-display iPad have surfaced. Even the Wall Street Journal has heard something about a 13-inch iPad, as its sources whispered that Apple is toying with such a touchscreen.

Not so long ago, Padnews heard that Apple isn’t just thinking big, it has already started testing a 12.9-inch iPad in Foxconn’s labs. More precisely, Apple’s assembly partner will do UI prototype debugging until the machine is completely finalized, the sources whispered.

According to the Korea Times‘ sources, Apple is moving toward a 12.9-inch iPad Pro (or whatever its name will be), because it has acknowledged that tablets will replace PCs.

It is worth noting here that John Gruber of Daring Fireball mentioned back in May that he expects Apple to release an iOS-based notebook, which could be in line with these rumours of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. But he doesn’t expect Apple to release a touchscreen portable Mac computer.

 

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  • wall man

    I want a white MaxiPad for those heavy workflow days!

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  • Erik Kappel

    “This means more pixels than the currently available iPad Air, and maybe as many as the iPad mini 2?”

    Just a technical correction. iPad Air and iPad Mini Retina have the same number of pixels, but the Mini has them on a smaller screen, so higher PPI (Pixels Per Inch). For a larger iPad to have a UHD display, it would indeed need more pixels, as keeping a high PPI would be impossible otherwise on a larger screen.

  • Chrome262

    Lets hope that if they do release such a device they will have the sense not to name it Maxi, although it would be funny.

  • IstvanFekete

    Updated, thank you!

  • ALAN CHIU

    I think this will be the screen for the new MacBook Air Retina, not some jumbo ipad.

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