Apple is moving forward with a larger version of its iPad tablet and it is working with Quanta Computer for manufacturing, according to United Daily News (via Macotakara). UDN does not have a substantial record in Apple reporting, but it is one of Taiwan’s most prominent newspapers. Today’s report refers to the larger iPad design as featuring a 12-inch display, though recent rumors have pegged the screen-size as closer to 13-inches…
Rumors of a larger iPad began earlier this year, but they picked up steam in July with several reports corroborating that Apple is testing a larger iPad design. Interestingly, early iPad prototypes carried a screen size of roughly 13-inch diagonally.
It is currently unclear if the larger iPad would come with functionality over the current iPad with 9.7-inch display and iPad mini with 7.9-inch display, or if it will simply be a stretched out iPad. Of course, with more screen size to spare, developers will likely be able to make apps unimaginable on the current iPad screen sizes. Also unclear is when the larger iPad will launch, but with testing and manufacturing talks seemingly on-going for the last six months, perhaps the product could launch within the next couple of years.
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently said that 2014 would be a big product year for Apple, so perhaps that will amount to this larger iPad launching next year. Speaking of larger screens, it is widely assumed that Apple will adopt a larger display panel for its next round of iPhones.
Apple’s rumored choice to go with Quanta Computer for new iPad production is an interesting one. With all of the iPad models to date, Apple has focused mainly on production with Foxconn and Pegatron. However, diversifying its suppliers could make Apple’s supply chain even stronger and allow for more iPads to be built without sacrificing the production-power going into the already-exisitng iPad models.
Apple has manufactured several Mac lines with Quanta, including iMacs and MacBook Pros.