Apple may be looking to create a larger version of the iPad that will launch sometime next year.
The rumor comes from Chinese site United Daily News, which mentions that Apple is working with Quanta Computer to manufacture a 12-inch variant of the iPad. However, earlier rumors from the Wall Street Journal indicated that the larger iPad would in fact feature a 13-inch screen. Back in July, it was revealed that a 13-inch iPad would be ready by 2014, and would be targeted at the ultrabook and digital textbook market.
A 12- or 13-inch iPad would likely feature additional functionality to make better use of the increased real estate, although how it will be utilized is anyone’s guess. Tim Cook had already mentioned that 2014 will be a big year for the organization, so we will likely see the 13-inch iPad sometime in 2014. Apple is also said to be working on larger screens for the iPhone, and may be looking to launch a 4.5 to 5-inch iPhone in 2014. Interestingly, United Daily News mentions that a new MacBook Pro will be unveiled in October, and this refresh should bring Haswell to the MacBook Pro line.
Apple has worked with Quanta Computer before on a few Mac lines, which includes the iMacs and MacBook Pros. However, all tablet manufacturing was handled by Foxconn and Pegatron till now, which indicates that Apple is looking to diversify its suppliers.
Source: United Daily News