We have a really hard time believing that Apple wants to create an iPad with a screen that’s larger than the one on the iPad Air, but the rumor simply won’t die. According to The Korea Times, Apple plans to launch its 12.9-inch iPad sometime in early 2014 in an effort to tackle competition brought to the market by LG and Samsung, both of which offer larger-screened tablets.
A source speaking to The Korea Times said manufacturing of the larger displays is already underway. “Apple’s local first-tier display supplier is now producing a 12.9-inch Retina Display to be used in the new iPad, which will be coming out sometime early next year,” the supplier source said, noting that the screen is being manufactured in Korea. A report earlier this month suggested such as device is already in testing at Foxconn.
Apple may risk cannibalizing sales of its MacBook Air with a large-screened iPad, though the company has said it isn’t afraid of cannibalization of its own products. As the company moves toward desktop-capable 64-bit A7 processors in its tablets, too, the larger-screened iPad could serve as a real laptop replacement, though we’ll need to see advances in iOS before that’s a real scenario.