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Report: Apple Working on Building Bigger iPad

By - Source: 9to5 Mac | B 28 comments

The iPad XL rumor has surfaced while Dell removes itself as the last remaining Windows RT tablet maker.

With the new iPhone models out of the way, the Apple spotlight now focuses on what the company will introduce next in the iPad line. The company is expected to reveal new 9.7 inch models and an updated iPad Mini in the next several months, but there has also been talk about an iPad XL model as well. Leading Taiwanese newspaper United Daily News claims that Quanta Computer is actually working with Apple on the larger iPad model.

Typically, Apple relies on Foxconn and Pegatron to manufacture its tablets and phones, whereas Quanta Computer handles the MacBook Air. The Taiwanese paper reports that Quanta is actually looking to diversify, thus it's possible the company could actually be working on a MacBook Air with a detachable keyboard so that users can use the device as a tablet and a notebook. Maybe it will be marketed as an iPad just because of the detachable keyboard.

As it stands now, Apple provides 11 inch and 13 inch MacBook Air models. Up until now, sources claim that the iPad XL will sport a screen somewhere between 12 inches and 13 inches. Add a super-thin keyboard to that form factor, and what do you have? A possible makeshift MacBook Air. This, of course, is just speculation.

Rumors of a larger iPad form factor first arrived earlier this year, and then surfaced again in July with news that Apple was testing prototypes with 13 inch screens. What's unknown at this point is whether the larger device will sport the same resolution as the 9.7 inch model but will be stretched out across the physical space, or provide a higher ppi. Given that CEO Tim Cook said that 2014 would be a big year for Apple on the devices front, expect to see this iPad XL model next year.

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    Spooderman , September 27, 2013 6:21 PM
    Is that really necessary? iPads are already big enough, if you need anything bigger a laptop would probably be better. I don't even want to see the prices for those if they're really in the works.
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    infernocy , September 27, 2013 7:38 PM
    is apple communicating with this planet ?
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    jjarnts , September 27, 2013 10:10 PM
    I seriously cannot imagine trying to use a bigger iPad; it is already massive. Of course I prefer my 7" Nexus 7 (new) but thats just me
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    m32 , September 27, 2013 11:34 PM
    I'm surprised they didn't come out with the "iPad C" to get the sheep to spend their money.
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    pacomac , September 28, 2013 1:23 AM
    You guys are nuts. If this is a reality it will take on the Surface Pro and most likely win. Apple has been adding iPad like features to Mac OS for some time, and Mavericks has some really over the top optimisations which led me to believe a merger of the two platforms was a possibility. As The surface has proved a 10" tablet is too small, and too thick to make a convincing tablet. If Apple could create a tablet capable of running Mac OS and at the flick of a switch turn into an iPad then Microsoft would be dead in the water.
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    _zxzxzx_ , September 28, 2013 1:57 AM
    What? They're making something that's bigger? no surprise, consumers like it bigger ;) 
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    Vladislaus , September 28, 2013 3:03 AM
    Quote:
    You guys are nuts. If this is a reality it will take on the Surface Pro and most likely win. Apple has been adding iPad like features to Mac OS for some time, and Mavericks has some really over the top optimisations which led me to believe a merger of the two platforms was a possibility. As The surface has proved a 10" tablet is too small, and too thick to make a convincing tablet. If Apple could create a tablet capable of running Mac OS and at the flick of a switch turn into an iPad then Microsoft would be dead in the water.


    When Windows 8 was launched, Tim Cook stated that mixing desktop/laptop with tablets/phones is a bad idea. But then again it's not the first time they bash a competitor and then backtrack their comments by doing the same. Like for example, the iPad Mini.
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    x2ruff4u , September 28, 2013 3:56 AM
    Looks like they are starting to run out of ideas soon. You can only upgrade certain things with the iPad.
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    damianrobertjones , September 28, 2013 4:40 AM
    "The iPad XL rumor has surfaced while Dell removes itself as the last remaining Windows RT tablet maker."

    I see what you did there... Raise Apple while putting down MS. Let's see how this new iPad stand up against the Surface Pro
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    damianrobertjones , September 28, 2013 4:41 AM
    "You guys are nuts. If this is a reality it will take on the Surface Pro and most likely win."

    Baa haa haa... Sorry that was funny
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    Duckhunt , September 28, 2013 8:23 AM
    Who cares. Half the people i know took days to setup there pcs just to get pictures of the idiotic iphone. Some have even given up. Yet androids , you just plug it in and there you go.
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    somebodyspecial , September 28, 2013 9:36 AM
    All I want for xmas is a 13in tablet (or heck 17in? 15.6? Anything above 10!)...LOL. Preferably 1080p or 1920x1200, any higher and you'll just slow my gaming down for nothing. Any higher should be 20nm chips only. Everything else is too slow today for above this (my dad's nexus 10 is a prime example). Either that or start shipping android that can change resolutions DOWN (like windows) so I can get a reasonable framerate or pic size for all games. Try playing Avernum or Avadon on nexus 10 (puny little box, can't even read the print and I have 20/15 vision...LOL). I should be able to change the resolution to match the games native res. Google needs to fix this ASAP. I hope keylime pie or whatever has this at some point. Gaming won't get really good on android until you can change the res to anything lower than your native screen just like windows. So if your device can't run battlefield 39 (by 2055 or so?...LOL) at 2560x1600 you can notch it down to 800x600 or something for decent fps. Ridiculous of course, but you get the point. It's nice to have a beautiful screen at 2560x1600 but not if I can't change it easily.

    I'm not talking rooting the device here either. I want it built in to the OS!
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    smokeybravo , September 28, 2013 10:47 AM
    Everyone hates on Apple, and yet, it is the most valuable technology company. They must be doing something right. So it would be logical to assume the haters are a small, but vocal minority.
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    cobra5000 , September 28, 2013 4:21 PM
    Steve Jobs is rolling over in his grave, or his ashes, or the hyperbolic chamber they placed him in until there is a cure for cancer.
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    pocketdrummer , September 28, 2013 5:15 PM
    They should work on making a 4.5" iPhone.
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    halcyon , September 28, 2013 5:20 PM
    10.1" seems like a big enough tablet for me. I'll have to see if Sammy's 12.2" actually comes to fruition.
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    Cons29 , September 28, 2013 8:30 PM
    if they release this, i wonder if they will say that anything smaller than a 12inch tablet is too small, just like what they said when the ipad came out
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    bombebomb , September 28, 2013 9:47 PM
    Well, I don't want to say "it won't sell", or "there is no use for it" but apple has fooled me before....... I can see it now

    The apple Iconvertible

    Consumer: It's new technology, amazing stuff

    Nerd: Wait a second.....

    Apple: Buy our product

    The biggest "downfall" for a 10 inch tablet for me personally is the weight, if they were lighter that would make me use one a lot more. Granted the last tablet I used of that size was a TF101 so I imagine technology has made great leaps since those days.
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    Cons29 , September 29, 2013 5:26 AM
    if they release this, i wonder if they will say that anything smaller than a 12inch tablet is too small, just like what they said when the ipad came out
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    hitman40 , September 29, 2013 10:33 AM
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    Samsung announced it is coming out with a 12.2 inch tablet

    and

    here we have Apple copying them again! LOL


    If Apple is copying them, they would have also revealed a 12.2inch tablet, instead of a 9.7 inch one. Truly, your name lives up to your opinions and standards and being regarded as a fanboy really has amazing abilities to cloud your judgement.
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