Is Apple’s Large-Screen iPad the First iOS-Based Desktop?
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) may be creating a new category of desktop products with its rumored “iPad Pro.” Mike Elgan at ComputerWorld recently outlined the reasons why he believes Apple is preparing a large-screen iPad that will function as a desktop computer replacement for the traditional PC.
Rumors of a large-format iPad tentatively called the “iPad Maxi” were first reported in May 2013 by Korea’s ETNews. Although the rumors were initially not taken seriously, the more reliable Wall Street Journal soon bolstered the rumors with its own report about a “new tablet measuring slightly less than 13 inches.” The Korea Times offered even more details of the large-screen iPad last month.
“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,” stated the Korea Times’ insider sources. “That display is now being manufactured by the supplier’s plant in Korea.” The sources also revealed that the upcoming iPad would feature a resolution “quality similar to that of UHD [ultra high-definition].”