Apple will soon go into production with “a new iPad [ that] will have a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally, said people [with knowledge of the matter], who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public,” report Tim Culpan, Adam Satariano and Ian King at Bloomberg.
The story reports: “Apple currently produces iPads with 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch displays. The Cupertino, California-based company has been working with suppliers for at least a year to develop a new range of larger touch-screen devices, said the people.”
Production is set to start on the larger iPad in the first quarter of 2015, the story reports. Apple would not comment on its story, Bloomberg said.
Says the article, “Potential customers for larger-screen iPads are businesses, where the device could take on more tasks of a traditional laptop computer. In July, Apple unveiled a partnership with International Business Machines Corp., and [Apple CEO Tim] Cook said part of the pact’s rationale was to sell to corporations so they could ‘be a catalyst for future iPad growth.’
“Jitesh Ubrani, an analyst at researcher IDC, said while tablet sales growth has slowed, he projects businesses, schools and governments will become bigger buyers of the devices.”
Mockup of an iPad with a 12.9-inch screen next to a MacBook Air with a 13-inch screen, found at the website of MacRumors