Apple Inc. to Launch ‘Large’ 12.9-Inch iPad Next Year

Recently leacked photos show that Apple prepares to unveil a larger iPad next year.

Apple is reportedly planning to launch its largest tablet ever as early as next year. Photo: leondel/Flickr

Apple is reportedly planning to launch its largest tablet ever as early as next year. Photo: leondel/Flickr

Bloomberg report claims that the Californian tech giant is currently working on an iPad which will be significantly larger than the already existing models, the 9.7-inch iPad and the 7.9-inch iPad mini.

The publication “verified” cites sources familiar with the matter, who insist that Apple has been working with suppliers for over a year to develop the larger tablet.

“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,” Bloomberg says.

Trudy Muller, a spokeswoman for Apple, declined to comment on the rumors.

“Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook is working to shake up the iPad line,” Bloomberg writes. “Sales of the tablets, which are Apple’s second-biggest product by revenue after the iPhone, have declined for two straight quarters amid a lack of new models and as consumers have instead gravitated to smartphones with bigger screens. Apple’s suppliers recently started manufacturing an updated 9.7-inch screen iPad, and were also set to enter production of a new version of the iPad mini, people familiar with the plans have said, with the devices set to be available later this year in time for the holiday season.”

By the way, the news comes shortly after some photos of the upcoming iPhone 6 hit the web, showing the devices with bigger screens.

Apart from the bigger size of the upcoming Apple iPhone 6 the leaked images also unveil rounded edges and a slimmer frame. The photos were reportedly taken by an Apple beta tester but their authenticity can’t be verified.

The highly expected device is predicted to be released in two different sizes – 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches – the smaller one will be available first.

Both versions of the upcoming novelties will reportedly use in-cell touch panel technology and like its predecessor the new model is expected to come in silver, gold and space grey.

Designer Federico Ciccarese has showed off his iPhone 6 concept designs.

The designer envisioned an iPhone with a large 5.5-inch display and a resolution of 1,568 x 878 pixels, and another with a 4.7-inch screen and a resolution of 1,338 x 750. Ciccarese posted several images, including one with the 4-inch iPhone 5S posing next to the larger-screen iPhones. Additionally, the images showed that the iPhone 6 will have a curved body.

In case the actual device manages to match at least in some way the attractiveness of the Italian designer’s images then Apple will almost certainly have another winner on their hands. In addition to the images, Ciccarese has also released a video conception of the iPhone 6, just to tease iPhone fans that little bit more!

The new handsets are expected to be revealed at Apple’s annual annual developer conference, held in San Francisco in June. It is where the firm traditionally makes new product announcements.

The plans for larger iPhones come as Apple is losing market share to rivals who offer bigger screens, but it’s hard to imagine that Apple would jump from 4 inches all the way to 5.5-inch displays or larger.

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