Apple Rumored to be working on a 12" iPad with Partner Manufacturer Quanta
A recent report coming from the Far East claim that Apple is teaming up with longtime partner manufacturer Quanta Computer to develop a 12-inch version of the iPad, reigniting speculation that the company is thinking about a larger tablet model. According to Chinese publication, United Daily News
, Apple is actively working on a larger-screened iPad that will supposedly be constructed by Quanta.
The Taiwan-based manufacturer has produced Apple products for several years, including notebooks, the video iPod in 2006 and more recently, the latest MacBook Air models. The recent report claims Quanta is looking to diversify away from thin-and-light laptop production as the market is quickly being taken over by tablets like the iPad. Analysts expect the rise of the tablet to also negatively impact Apple’s own MacBook sales, causing some to speculate a wider range of iPad offerings may be on the horizon.
Speculation and rumors of a bigger iPad form factor aren’t new. A previous report from The Wall Street Journal claimed that Apple is exploring a possible 13-inch tablet to meet consumer demands for larger screens.
Although we aren’t certain about a larger-sized iPad as of yet, we do know that Apple is expected to unveil its next-generation iPad lineup later this fall with the highlight being a supposedly redesigned 9.7-inch model that borrows its styling from the current iPad mini. If the numerous parts “leaks” that have been circulating the web are in fact legitimate, the device will borrow the slimmer design with thinner side bezels and a chassis that is curvier. Also rumored to be revealed is an iPad mini with a Retina display, though once again no hard evidence has surfaced.
What are your thoughts on a 12-inch iPad? Would you get one if it was offered?
Source: United Daily News
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