Apple's 'iPad Pro' Plans Reportedly on Hold

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    Apple has "shelved" its plans to produce a larger-sized tablet, according to a report from Digitimes. Nicknamed the "iPad Pro", the 12.9-inch tablet was rumored to be under development with a launch date possible early next year.

    Apple's alleged move comes as these larger tablets face hurdles because the form factors are not compatible with the existing ecosystems, forcing manufacturers to scale back on their plans, claims Digitimes.
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    Mockup of a 12.9-inch iPad next to a 13-inch MacBook Air
    It is unclear whether Apple having "shelved" the iPad Pro is a permanent move or if the company is simply taking a wait-and-see attitude with the project for the time being.

    Rumors of the iPad Pro first surfaced last May with a claimed early 2014 launch timeframe, but while a number of other sources have weighed in with their own claims about the device including word that production on the device's display had already begun, targets for the device's launch have slipped over time. Most recently, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has frequently offered accurate information on Apple's product plans, suggested last month that while the iPad Pro remained under development, its launch would likely not come this year.

    As rumors of a larger iPad gained steam throughout the latter half of 2013, Samsung moved to introduce its own product with the launch of a 12.2-inch tablet early this year.

    Digitimes has a mixed track record with its reporting, frequently obtaining accurate information from within Apple's supply chain, but on occasion seeming to misinterpret that information.

    Article Link: Apple's 'iPad Pro' Plans Reportedly on Hold
     
  2. JerryCards, Mar 14, 2014
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    That "iPad Pro" is too large for me. In stead of large iPads, I will prefer a convertible MacBook Air, which can be used as a PC and a touch screen "Pad".
     
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    I personally don't see it happening anytime in the future either.
     
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    More like: Was never happening.
     
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    Samsung bait. Just like that stupid watch.
     
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    Apple never said they were releasing one....and Apple never said they are holding off. Love these analysts!
     
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    Translation from Digitimes: It is time to admit that the iPad Pro rumors were completely fabricated so we will say that Apple put them "on hold".

    Apple never planned a 12-inch iPad with a resolution that differs from an even multiple of existing iPad.

    Those larger cuts of the iPad display panel are for a Retina MacBook Air. Always have been.
     
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    I like the size it is right now. Perfect size to carry around.
     
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    I feel like the market for a large iPad would be the same market as people who want 17" MPBs.
     
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    I think iOS apps will eventually also support storyboards for a Mac-like interface on an iPad-like detachable "Pro" ... but it sounds like it isn't coming any time soon.
     
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    Yet, if Samsung produced and sold a phone that size, some people would state that Apple needs an iPhone with a screen size that large. Note that I said "some people".
     
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    No point in an iPad pro. If Apple was smart (and they are) they will not bring out an iPad pro....
     
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    Bulls***.

    Apple would have thought about a solution for apps before starting making plans with Chinese manufacturers.

    This report is basically saying that Apple went "Oops, we forgot about that part.", and they're now considering the app compatibility situation for the first time? Give me a break.
     
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    Pre-warning: I am setting you up to reply with something that makes no sense.

    Now with that out of the way. How is this even remotely close to being Samsung bait?;)
     
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    They really need to stop using that picture. How can a 12.9" "iPad Pro" be BIGGER than the screen of a 13" MacBook Air? Did anyone even remotely think that didn't look right?
     
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    Here we go again! :rolleyes:
     
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    instead of ipad pro, apple must unified the macbook air into 1 size and that size should be 12.4" with a better display
     
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    Finally I read good news.
     
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    “However, most of the large-size tablet projects face difficulties because of lack of support from related platform developers and ecosystems. Apple has also been said to shelved its large-size tablet project.”

    Eh? Apple is the platform developer, and I assume by “ecosystems” they mean app developers, who a) obviously don't yet support something that hasn't been announced and b) most probably would update their apps to a larger iPad screen pretty quickly.

    What a nonsense piece.
     
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    100% agree. You can't tell me that with all that brain power in Cupertino they can't figure out how to scale apps. As you said, BS. Plus it Digitimes.:eek:
     
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    While I'd love to have a Windows or OSx tablet at 12.9" I think an iphone, err... I mean an ipad at 12.9" is just overkill.
     
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    What a hideous thing

    :eek:
     
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    The idea is that Samsung will not just be copying Apple products, but also rumoured Apple products. Including rumoured Apple products that would fail if anyone, including Apple, would release them.

    Like the Samsung Gear watch. Windows 8 is the same category; there were so many predictions that Apple would combine MacOS X and iOS (which in my opinion would be a disastrous mistake) that Microsoft started believing it and copied it.
     
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    This is terrible.

    My 5 year old will be very upset.

    She needs an upgrade from the mini
     
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    Apple's controlled leak centre has been in overdrive this week!
     

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