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Apple Testing 2K and 4K Screens for 12.9-inch iPad, Rumor Says

by Todd Haselton | December 3, 2013December 3, 2013 1:00 pm PST

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Manufacturers such as Samsung have big plans for 4K UHD plans in the future. Right now, they’re mostly limited to big-screen and super expensive TVs, but as with all technology, prices are expected to fall. As that happens, mobile phone and tablet makers will very likely begin to introduce them into their products. Samsung, for example, hopes to do so by 2015. Now, we have a sort of double rumor that suggests Apple is looking to use high-res 4K or 2K screens on its 12.9-inch iPad.

It’s a double rumor because first, we don’t even know if Apple is really ever going to launch a larger-screened iPad. Second, the use of 4K displays right now would probably be way too expensive, so even if it does happen it’s going to be a long time from now. Even still, PadNews says it has learned that Apple is testing the new high-res screens, with both 2K and 4K resolutions, for use in the fabled 12.9-inch iPad. Right now, the site says, the 2K display is being used in a prototype and the tablet could launch in April of next year. The site says that Apple may then update the 12.9-inch iPad the following October with a 4K UHD screen.

Apple very likely is working on its next iPads, since a product cycle often takes a year if not longer, though we imagine Apple is in the very early stages of considering 4K UHD displays, if at all, and if the 12.9-inch iPad even exists.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...