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Apple "got close" to releasing an all-new 14-inch iPad model this year, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports.

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In his most recent "Power On" newsletter, Gurman said that Apple has been exploring the concept of an even larger iPad since 2021 and almost released a 14-inch model, in what would have been the biggest iPad to date, this year. Now, there is apparently no such product in Apple's imminent product pipeline.

One complication was apparently the transition to OLED displays in the iPad lineup, which could invoke considerably higher costs on larger tablet displays. As previously rumored, the first iPad Pro models are expected to top out at 13 inches when they go on sale in the first half of 2024.

Gurman was first to float the rumor of Apple designers and engineers exploring iPads with bigger screens that could further "blur the lines" between a tablet and a laptop. In January 2022, this was followed by the news that multiple suppliers, including BOE and LG, were converting factories to be able to supply Apple with OLED displays around 15-inches in size suitable for future iPad models.

The leaker known as "Majin Bu" then claimed that Apple was working on an iPad with a 14.1-inch display and the M2 chip – a rumor corroborated by oft-accurate display industry analyst Ross Young, who added that the device would have a mini-LED display but no ProMotion for variable refresh rates up to 120Hz. In July last year, he amended his forecast, saying that Apple had switched to an LCD display for the device, the likes of which are used on the iPad mini and iPad Air.

In October 2022, The Information's Wayne Ma reported that Apple was developing a 16-inch iPad that it hoped to release in the fourth quarter of 2023. The prospective device would have approximately the same screen size as a 16-inch MacBook Pro, providing users with a significantly larger canvas to work with. Finally, Young said in December that Apple had shelved its plans to launch a 14.1-inch iPad.

Despite the tumultuous state of rumors about larger iPad models, Apple could still be interested in the prospect of launching such a device in the future. The biggest iPads that have been available since 2018 have been the 11-inch and 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro. This means that the largest iPads are still smaller than the smallest MacBooks, the M1 MacBook Air and M2 MacBook Pro, which feature 13.3-inch displays. Since the 12.9-inch ‌iPad Pro‌ is already in a similar range to the 13.3-inch MacBooks and is rumored to increase to 13-inches next year, it seems like just a matter of time before Apple offers a significantly bigger iPad model.

Bloomberg has repeatedly discussed Apple's interest in bigger iPads and although the 14.1-inch iPad model that was in the works is now believed to be canceled, the 16-inch model last reported by The Information could still be in active development, although we have not heard anything about it for quite some time.

Article Link: Apple Apparently 'Got Close' to Launching a 14-Inch iPad This Year
 
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frost_horizon

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The iPad for me became such a useless device honestly. I have Kindle Oasis that covers all my needs in reading (except some PDFs and writing, so I will switch to Scribe next Prime Days). I have M2 Max MacBook Pro that covers all my professional and educational activity. And I have iPhone 13 Pro Max that covers all iOS-like experience that iPad delivers.

I just don’t see how can I use an iPad in its current state. It cannot replace MacBook. Even with Magic Keyboard it feels bulky and unnatural to use. It cannot offer something drastically more than iPhone (except Apple Pencil support). And if you’re not drawing in Procreate, it becomes useless for you.

I had iPad Pro 2017 for 6 years that I changed for iPad Pro M2 11". And I sold it after 3 months just because I understood that it just doesn’t fit well in any of my processes.
 
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TheNewLou

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Large but inexpensive iPads make sense as point-of-sale systems, but they don't need perfect colors, insane resolutions, or thin bezels (they'll be in a holder).

For consumers, iPads make great first computers, for creatives (drawing/sketching), & for people who literally do little more than surf the web & use email. Only creatives will pay top dollar for a gorgeous screen with perfect color & insane resolution—but do they need keyboards attached?

The idea that people detach their iPad from their keyboard case is a lot like the idea that people have multiple Apple Watch bands and routinely switch them. Yes, theoretically possible, and maybe you do it, but most people don't.

So if you need a keyboard, a laptop has a cheaper, more reliable keyboard that's always there.

As an owner of the original iPad Pro 12.9" (with 3 failed keyboards), I'm not seeing the value in buying another iPad Pro that literally costs as much as a MacBook, and is thicker (& heavier?).
 
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TheNewLou

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I do think Apple will (finally!) solve the iPadOS-isn't-as-powerful-as-macOS in the next few years, as SwiftUI allows developers (including Apple with the built-in apps like Mail & Photos) to effortlessly make iOS (excuse me, iPadOS) apps every bit as powerful as macOS apps.

But that doesn't solve the problems I mentioned above, which are bigger.
 

jlc1978

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I had iPad Pro 2017 for 6 years that I changed for iPad Pro M2 11". And I sold it after 3 months just because I understood that it just doesn’t fit well in any of my processes.
That’s the key. I have a 12 Pro that is perfect for what I use it for; second monitor when I travel, watching videos and reading, and lightweight laptop when I don’t want to pull out my Mac. Each person has their own use case which an iPad may or may not fit.
 

havaloc

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Apple. The problem isn't your hardware. It's your software. Until they figure out how ( or have the guts to do it ) to put macOS on an iPad I grow less and less interested in an iPad. I use my phone more and more in its place. It's feeling like a third wheel in the laptop / phone relationship.
 
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