The Next iPad: Apple Testing 5 Models With A 12.9-inch Display For 2014!

Do you think large screen tablets have got a market in the future? At least, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) thinks so. Fresh rumours have claimed that Apple is testing five different models of the iPad sporting a 12.9-inch display, featuring 2K and 4K screen resolutions.

A Chinese publications PadAir claims Foxconn, a prime manufacturing partner for Apple’s products, has built five variants of the iPad, one out of which could debut in 2014. Citing people familiar with the matter, PadAir went on quoting that Apple could launch a 2K variant of a larger display iPad in April, followed by an upgraded 4K variant in October as per the regular upgrade cycle of the iPad.

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It’s interesting to recall that Apple is reportedly planning to introduce a bigger screen iPhone 6 somewhere in the month of April-May next year and one can’t rule out the possibilities that a larger screen iPad along with a bigger screen iPhone will also be arriving.

This is not the first time that big screen iPad rumours have surfaced. Earlier reports from the WSJ and Korean Times had claimed that Apple was already in advanced stages of testing either an eleven-inches or even a bigger size display for the iPad.

Is Apple Getting It Right ?

Fresh rumours about the big screen iPad have triggered a debate over Apple’s understanding of the tablet market. Market reports have claimed smaller screen tablets, sporting 7-inch to 8-inch display will dominate the global tablet market in the next few years.

Market research leader IDC has estimated that 7-inch to 8-inch screen tablets will control nearly 60% of tablet market in 2013, and the figure is bound to grow. According to another report from NPD Display Search, by 2017 tablets sporting  12-inch screens or more will hold a negligible market compared to the 10-inch to 10.4-inch estimated to control nearly 18% of the total tablet market.

Industry analysts are hesitant about the success of these giant screen tablets, if ever Apple decides to introduce the iPad sporting 11.5-inch bigger display, it would setup an immediate contest with an 11.3-inch MacBook Air.

In any case, Apple is desperate to accelerate its growth in the tablet market and constantly declining market share is one of the biggest challenges the iPad maker has been facing for the last few quarters.



  1. msuozzi1

    December 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Dream On!

  2. msuozzi1

    December 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    dazeinfo msuozzi1 jgpmolloy 
    Forgot to mention….they think they are market research leaders. The truth is they are market manipulators; if you buy their lies.
    Me…I just laugh all the way to the bank by shutting out the noise.

  3. msuozzi1

    December 4, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    dazeinfo msuozzi1 jgpmolloy 
    Sorry to let you know that projections by these guys are meaningless.
    They also said AAPL would be at $400 by the end of this year.

  4. dazeinfo

    December 4, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    msuozzi1 jgpmolloy The problem here is Apple die-heart fans are not ready to face the the reality. All market research leaders, forecast reports and projections are shouting about how exactly Apple is loosing and how future tablet users are going to make their choices. Just yesterday IDC claimed that Apple’s tablet market share will dive down to 30.6% in 2017 which was almost half (45.6%) in 2012.
    The above posts have also linked other important research report that depicts how smaller screens will rock the market. 
    Neglecting thousands of reports out there is like making fool to yourself not anyone else.

  5. msuozzi1

    December 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    jgpmolloy Good point.
    These guys are bullshit spin artists. They contend that AAPL users want boom boxes and don’t know the difference in consumer demographic preference from the top end to the bottom of the barrel.

  6. jgpmolloy

    December 4, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    “In any case, Apple is desperate to accelerate its growth in the tablet market and “constantly declining market share” is one of the biggest challenges the iPad maker has been facing for the last few quarters.”
    Apple is NOT desperate. The Android “win” in this case is actually smoke and mirrors. A lot of these “tablets” are actually devices which are not tablets reporting themselves as tablets such as USB dongles that are plugged into TVs for watching ripped-off content.

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