Saturday, November 30, 2013

iPad Maxi - Rumors And Release Date

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IPad Maxi release date: The name is still in question but the possibility is certainly in the horizon, especially as sources like NASDAQ, the Wall Street Journal and other major media suggesting that Apple is gearing up to develop the biggest iPad yet. Size of the upcoming tablet’s display is between 11.4-12.9.

Many are speculating that the new iPad, whose fifth iteration the iPad Air was recently unveiled, will be geared as the iPad of choice for businesses.

Nasdaq.com reports that Chinese tablet news site Padnews have confirmed that Foxconn are putting in the final touches to this large-format iPad. The Chinese manufacturing partner of Apple is targeting a deadline of March 2014 for all devices to be packaged and on shelves. Nasdaq.com reports that the iPad will have a massive screen of minimum 12.9 inches but other web sources speak of 11.4”. The newest tablet from Apple, the 9.7” screened iPad air has already received very good responses from reviewers and users alike.

For months and months the rumors have been online about Apple dropping a massive screened apple device. According to Nasdaq.com, many journalists are calling it the “iPad Maxi”. A few months ago the Wall Street Journal said its confirmed sources reported that we should expect slightly less than 13 inches diagonal length of screen.

Last September, the United Daily News which is a Chinese publication more than hinted that Apple was bringing us a 12 inch iPad that would cause waves. It would be a feat achieved working hand in hand with Taiwan based Quanta Computer who are still getting accolades for manufacturing todays MacBook Air. Nasdaq.com however tries to steer clear of internet rumors and does admit that Apple is really on track with their product launches. In September they graced us with the iOS7, new iPhones and the almighty print identification. Yet again in October they hit us with the iPad air and stunning Mavericks OS.

The only competitor Apple is looking at now is Samsung with their 10.1 inch tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1. Sony has a larger tab that runs Windows 8 and a lovely 11.6” screen. This however does come with a corresponding heavy price tag of $1,000.

Mac Rumors has the report:
Following a September report stating that Apple may be working with Quanta Computer to develop a larger-sized iPad, Digitimes is now reporting that the Taiwanese-based manufacturer has landed the contract to mass-produce the tablet for the second half of 2014. Just last week, a report had claimed that the larger iPad was being targeted for an early 2014 launch.

The article also mentions that Quanta is expected to face difficulties when assembling the larger iPad because of its unique industrial design and assembly, which could also lead to constrained supplies:
Quanta is expected to encounter several challenges in terms of industrial design and assembly when making the large-size iPad. And since the size is not the mainstream specification, order volumes are expected to be limited, the sources said.


Leaving aside Digitimes’ (ahem) uneven reputation, that last bit doesn’t really pass the sniff test. Apple is hardly known to expand a product category just to fill a niche with low-volume sales.