Apple to launch 13-inch iPad in March: report

Apple's latest additions to its iPad range, the iPad Air and new iPad Mini (AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT)

Apple's latest additions to its iPad range, the iPad Air and new iPad Mini (AFP PHOTO/CARL COURT)

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Rumours of an upcoming "maxi" iPad are gathering pace with reports that a larger version of the sector-defining tablet is already in production.

In fact, if the Korea Times' sources are accurate, the 12.9-inch iPad could be unveiled in March 2014.
The report is the latest in a growing line of stories claiming that Apple is looking to extend its existing tablet range, which currently consists of the 9.8-inch iPad Air, 9.8-inch low-resolution iPad 2 and two 7.9-inch iPad Mini tablets, one with and one without a Retina display.

When rumours first started swirling that Apple was looking into building bigger tablets, a number of tech sites and journalists dismissed the claims as a hoax, but in recent months, reports have been appearing in the mainstream press, including a story in the Wall Street Journal in July that claimed Apple was testing larger screens for all of its devices including "a prototype iPad" with a screen sized "slightly less than 13 inches diagonally."

The Korea Times claims that a local first-tier supplier is already building the 12.9 Retina displays and that their resolution could be closer to ultra-high definition in a bid to compete with the nascent trend in Android and even some Windows tablets.

Earlier this month, Chinese tech site Pad News reported that long-time manufacturing partner Foxconn was already testing giant-sized iPads ahead of a spring 2014 launch, and the Korea Times article, published Tuesday, appears to corroborate many of the same claims.


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