Apple Sourcing Components for 17-Watt Power Supply, Speculation Focuses on Rumored 13-Inch iPad

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is developing a 17-watt power adapter for an unknown product, reports AppleInsider. At 17 watts, the adapter uses slightly more power than the current iPad (12 watts) but significantly less than the MacBook Air (45 watts). It also uses more power than the iPhone or the Apple TV, which ship with 5-watt and 6-watt adapters, respectively.
    Though a 17-watt adapter could presumably be used for any number of Apple products including the existing iPad, its minor increase in wattage could hint at a larger iPad. With a 5-watt adapter for the iPhone and a 12-watt adapter for the 9.7-inch iPad, 17 watts is at the right size to power a potential 13-inch iPad.

    Concept rendering of the 13-inch iPad
    News of a larger "iPad Maxi" first surfaced in May, and was followed up by a report from The Wall Street Journal suggesting Apple and its suppliers were testing larger screens for both the iPad and the iPhone. The larger iPad reportedly measures slightly less than 13 inches diagonally.

    The iPads in question were prototypes, however, and Apple produces and tests a wide range of products that never make it to market. It is unclear if the company will release a larger iPad to the public, but such an iPad would be similar in size to a MacBook Air.

    There is no indication that Apple has plans to release a 13-inch iPad in the near future, but the company is gearing up to launch both a Retina iPad mini and a fifth-generation iPad with slimmer bevels and a thinner design later this year.

    Article Link: Apple Sourcing Components for 17-Watt Power Supply, Speculation Focuses on Rumored 13-Inch iPad
  2. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
  3. macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2010
    So much computing power for so little electrical power...
  4. macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2011
    Elizabethtown, PA
    I feel that the reason for a so called 13-inch iPad would be for those people who truly want to drop a laptop altogether and just have an iPad or other tablet, but don't want to sacrifice screen size.
  5. macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    I guess 28nm will do, given that it's not obvious 20nm would be better.

    But it should have a new version of Lightning with quality video out.
  6. powerslave12r, Sep 4, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2013

    macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2010
    Speculation of a direct corelation between screen size and power draw makes very little sense.

    Although the 13" rumor could be true, in all likelihood the adaptor has been beefed up to perhaps decrease charging times on the newer ipads (including the fabled ipad mini retina).
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2010
    Can't wait to shoot with that one on a concert.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Sep 21, 2012
    the twist is that the 13 inch iPad will run OS X.
  9. macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
  10. macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2010
    New York
    This could be huge for music production and probably many other arts.

    No pun intended.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2011
    Dundee, UK
    seems very useful from what i have read a while back with photographers etc

    will have this under watch
  12. macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2010
    Am I the only one that thinks this might just be in an effort to decrease charging times?
  13. macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    The main reason for this to exist is to read PDFs.
  14. macrumors member

    Feb 22, 2012
    I’m really looking forward to the much-rumoured larger iPad from Apple.

    I’d like it to be approximately 50" in diagonal width and come with a stand so that I could sit it in the corner of my living room, plug it into the wall and watch TV/movies or play games on it.

    And if they could maybe create some kind of wristwear that I could control it with that would be even better.
  15. macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    Seriously.... anybody who thinks that Apple marketing folks would name it the "iPad Maxi" is delusional. It should be dubbed the "iPad Mega" or "iPad XL".


    Artists and those working on movie editing are going to want a larger iPad. Not so much for PDFs (though it would be great for reading magazines).


    I see what you did there.
  16. macrumors G4

    May 10, 2004
    Yes, but there are more people reading PDFs.
  17. macrumors 68000

    Feb 22, 2009
  18. macrumors 68000

    Oct 21, 2009
    I wouldnt mind an ipad of the same dimensions as the existing one but with a thin bezel all around to make the screen larger
  19. macrumors 68020

    Mar 23, 2006
    I would definitely buy a 13" iPad if they made one. Hopefully that's one of their 2014 launch products. Maybe in March/April like they did with the first iPad.
  20. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    I'd be surprised to see a 13" iPad. I'm sure there are a lot of good use cases as stated above. But the same thing can be said for the 17" MacBook Pro.

    IMO a 13" iPad would be a low selling niche item for geeks and vertical markets.
  21. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    20nm won't be ready until 2014.

    17W makes sense. USB 2.0/3.0 spec limit max charging current to 5A. Battery at 3.8V gives you 19W.
  22. macrumors 68020

    Mar 23, 2006
    Why would they do that? They are moving away from OSX towards iOS as their primary OS. Just look how many more apps there are for iOS. Putting OSX on the iPad would just confuse everyone like Microsoft did with the Surface. Keep it simple. iOS on iPad and OSX on Mac.
  23. macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2013

    No, iPad Pro.
  24. macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2008
    AppleTV's ship with power adapters now?

    Go home MacRumors, you are drunk.
  25. macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2007
    The cord is still a power adapter with a current/power rating, even if the PSU is internal.

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