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Thread: Apple Allegedly Delaying 12.9-inch iPad Production to Keep Up With iPhone 6 Plus Demand

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    Default Apple Allegedly Delaying 12.9-inch iPad Production to Keep Up With iPhone 6 Plus Demand


    Apple is reportedly in the works of a much larger 12.9-inch iPad. Such a device would dwarf the iPad Air and the iPad Mini with retina display, and would be comparable to the size of many of Apple's laptop computers, such as the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air.

    While Apple may be working on such a product, the iPhone 6 Plus is really eating into the resources necessary to mass produce it. Because the device is in such high demand and supply isn't that great for Apple's flagship smartphone, all resources are full-steam-ahead in mass producing the iPhone 6 Plus. This means efforts to produce a 12.9-inch iPad are being delayed, reports The Wall Street Journal:

    Quote Originally Posted by The Wall Street Journal
    The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones. The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory,” said a person at a supplier. “It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen iPad now.
    As supply of the iPhone 6 Plus begins to level out with the demand for the device, this will leave Apple witha golden opportunity to start building such a device.

    While some are even skeptical that such a device will ever exist, the rumor mill points to many possible ideas of what the device could be like. The most recent suggests that the device will be able to dual-boot between OS X and iOS, making it more like a desktop-class tablet and able to compete with some of the leading tablet competition on the market.

    Sources: The Wall Street Journal via MacRumors

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    The whole dual boot thing sounds pretty messy. They have to go with one type of chip architecture, and that’s going to mean different versions of the same OS and be as bad as the whole Windows 8 RT debacle.

    I think they just need to keep it OSX and make it a desktop-class tablet like the Surface Pro. There’s no need to dual boot. They will need to make OSX very touch-friendly, which it already is in many ways. And that will pave the way to touchscreen desktops and laptop, which is the direction the PC world is already heading.

    I really like the Surface Pro3, and if Apple made a powerful enough OSX version of that with iPad style, that would definitely be my next PC.

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    ^ agree. I do think they could probably manage to get full OSX on the iPad, but it would probably have some issues. And Windows RT sucked, so I'd rather stay away from that possibility just in case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fleurya View Post
    The whole dual boot thing sounds pretty messy. They have to go with one type of chip architecture, and that’s going to mean different versions of the same OS and be as bad as the whole Windows 8 RT debacle.

    I think they just need to keep it OSX and make it a desktop-class tablet like the Surface Pro. There’s no need to dual boot. They will need to make OSX very touch-friendly, which it already is in many ways. And that will pave the way to touchscreen desktops and laptop, which is the direction the PC world is already heading.

    I really like the Surface Pro3, and if Apple made a powerful enough OSX version of that with iPad style, that would definitely be my next PC.
    Except that any Mac can run the iOS simulator that's part of the iOS DevKit and it doesn't require two architectures. I don't expect Apple to make non-touch notebooks forever and something like this may be the transitionary device they need. Replacing the 11.6" and 13.3" MacBook Air with the 12.1" MBA may be to deliberately make room in their *laptop* lineup for this tablet.

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