Rumor: Apple Accelerating Plans for 12.9-Inch iPad

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Does Samsung’s (SSNLF.PK) oversized Galaxy Note Pro model raise the stakes for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in the tablet market? A recent rumor from an Asian supply chain source suggested that Apple may have adjusted its tablet market strategy based on the recent debut of Samsung’s 12.2-inch Galaxy Note Pro tablet.

According to supply chain sources cited by the Taiwan-based DigiTimes, Samsung’s new large-screen tablet has put additional pressure on Apple’s large-screen iPad production plans. “Samsung’s recent launch of its 12.2-inch model is expected to propel Apple to accelerate development of large-size iPads,” noted DigiTimes’ unnamed sources. “Apple is likely to release a 12.9-inch model by the end of the third quarter at the earliest.”

DigiTimes has a mixed track record when it comes to the accuracy of its supply chain rumors. On the other hand, there have been multiple rumors about a large-format iPad that have been reported by various media outlets since May of last year. Last summer, the Wall Street Journal bolstered the supply chain rumors with its own report about a “new tablet measuring slightly less than 13 inches.” More recently, DisplaySearch analyst David Hsieh predicted that Apple would release a 12.9-inch iPad with a 2,732 x 2,048 pixel resolution and 265 ppi sometime in 2014.

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