Rumored 13-inch Apple ‘iPad Maxi’ Coming in 2014
Korean language website ETNews.com claims to have heard from "industry sources" that Apple is going to launch a tentatively (and comically) named "iPad Maxi" tablet with a 12.9-inch display. Should Apple stick with that name, we suspect outlets like Saturday Night Live will have a field day poking fun at it.
No matter what it's called, the real story here is the physical size of the tablet. It would be an interesting move at a time when tablet makers are downsizing their displays, though Apple is already serving two different market segments with its iPad line.
Another reason why Apple might consider a 12.9-inch iPad is to steal some customers away from purchasing a Windows-based Ultrabook (Intel) or Ultrathin (AMD). According to IDC, tablets are in position to overtake traditional PC sales within the next several years, and a larger size slate could be just another stepping stone along the way.