In recent months, there has been a bevy of rumors about Apple’s plans to introduce a larger version of the iPad. However, an unconfirmed report says this plan has been dropped.
Without going into any details, Taiwan-based DigiTimes reports that Apple has “shelved its large-size tablet project”.
According to the rumor mill, the iPad Pro would have had a 12.9 inch screen, possibly with double the resolution of the iPad Air. It was expected to be built around the Apple A8 processor, and be the company’s first tablet designed specifically for business users.
There was speculation that this device would come with the iPen, a touch-sensitive stylus designed by Apple. At this point, it’s not known if this accessory will be bundled with any future iPad model, or even at all.
An Open Question on Super-Size Tablets
Apple created much of the modern tablet market with the 9.7-inch iPad. For the most part, competitors running the rival Android OS have had screens of similar sizes or smaller.
This winter, however, Samsung introduced a pair of extra-large tablets, the Galaxy Note Pre 12.2 and the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2. It is not yet known how well these models are selling.
That doesn’t mean that makers of Windows tablets haven’t been afraid to go big — the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 has a 10.6-inch display, and 11.6-inch models aren’t uncommon. Compared to the 9.7-inch iPads, though, these have sold in very small numbers.
And much of the tablet market these days is centered on smaller devices, with the 7.9-inch iPad mini models easily outselling the iPad Air, a bevy of 8-inch Windows models hitting store shelves, and the lion’s share of Android tablets sporting 7-inch screens.