In a report that suggests Apple is building not one but three different iWatch models, Economic Daily also delivered a breath of fresh air to rumors surrounding Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad. The news outlet said Tuesday that Apple is planning to launch its over-sized iPad with a 12.9-inch display by the end of this year. By comparison, Apple’s iPad mini has a 7.9-inch display while the larger iPads have 9.7-inch screens.
Apple’s larger iPad has been rumored for a long time, though details on it still remain foggy. It’s likely the device will pack some of the same features expected in the next iPad Mini and iPad Air, including an A8 processor and Touch ID. Likewise, the tablet may take advantage one iOS 8 feature that may allow users to run two applications side-by-side on Apple’s larger iPads, an option that’s already available on competing devices running Windows or Samsung’s custom Android software. In December of last year, a report also suggested Apple may be testing 2K and 4K displays for the larger 12.9-inch iPad.
The device could potentially cannibalize sales of Apple’s MacBook Air, depending on how it’s priced, because unlike other iPads its display size would rival and even exceed some of the MacBook Air models. It may also serve as another way for Apple to cater to enterprise users, the education segment and consumers clamoring for tablets with larger displays.