Windows tablets are typically larger than iOS or Android ones, but that may change soon, as both Apple and Samsung are rumored to be working on extra-large versions of their current models.
An unconfirmed report coming out of Asia indicates that Foxconn and Apple are collaborating on an iPad with a 12.9-inch display. And this isn’t the first such report — separate rumors from last quarter pointed to a 12-inch iPad and a 13-inch Apple tablet.
UPDATE: A new report from Korea indicates that a 12.9-inch iPad is going to launch early next year.
At any of these sizes, the device would be noticeably larger than the current iPad Air, which has a 9.7-inch display, and the iPad mini 2, which includes a 7.9-inch one.
Not to be outdone, the FCC recently approved a tablet that appears to be a 12.2-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Note. This Android tablet is currently available in 8-inch and 10.1-inch versions.
The Note series includes active touchscreens using technology from Wacom. Apple has not yet released a tablet with an active touchscreen.
Larger display are generally preferred by businesspeople, and Apple’s and Samsung’s new offerings — if they go past the rumor stage — would likely be marketed to professionals.
Be sure to read Ed Hardy’s editorial It’s Time for the iPad to Go Pro.