Bloomberg reported that Apple’s suppliers are all set to make the biggest iPad till date. The new iPad is considered to have 12.9 inch display and will be showcased in the first quarter of 2015.
Apple’s iPad Air and iPad mini, have 9.7- and 7.9-inch displays. With a 12.9 inches display, this iPad would be closer in size to a laptop, like the MacBook Air.
Rumors suggest, the new 12.9-inch iPad will include a high pixel density with a display of ultra high-definition quality. It will feature many of the design elements offered in the existing iPad Air and iPad mini, like an ultrathin chassis and narrow side bezels.
Apple will produce the larger iPad by keeping in mind the increasing interest of users in devices with larger screens.
The tablets with larger displays have not been successful in drawing attention of mass number of users so far, but Apple wants to be prepared unlike what it did with smartphones and started losing ground because it is not offering what users are looking for.
Apple is also supposedly working on the split screen multitasking for iPad, which will make the new iPad useful for the users trying to be productive.
According to Bloomberg, the launch of new iPad is Apple’s effort to drive up their iPad sales. The sales of iPad are on the decline for the past two quarters. On a year-on-year basis, the sales gone down by 9 percent.
With a 62 percent market share Google’s Android became the top tablet operating system in 2013. iPads that use Apple’s iOS mobile software had a 36 percent market share at the end of 2013, down from 53 percent a year earlier, according to the researcher Gartner.
Apple is also trying to increase the sales of iPad by selling the devices to large companies through its new partnership with IBM. IBM will sell iPads to large enterprises by using their salesforce. It will also make enterprise apps for the tablets.
Apple is marketing iPads as productivity tools and replacements for traditional laptops. A bigger screen and a keyboard accessory could be a way to attract users o purchase the iPad.
Along with the 12.9 inch iPad, Apple is also working on a second-generation iPad Air and Retina iPad mini, both are expected to include upgraded processors and support for the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.