Apple's 'iPad Pro' Plans Reportedly on Hold

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2014

    JerryCards macrumors member


    Nov 20, 2011
    Richmond, VA
    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".
  3. HenryDJP macrumors 603

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    I personally don't see it happening anytime in the future either.
  4. cmChimera macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
  5. Ballis macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
  6. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    Apple never said they were releasing one....and Apple never said they are holding off. Love these analysts!
  7. BC2009 macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    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.
  8. Crosscreek macrumors 68030


    Nov 19, 2013
    I like the size it is right now. Perfect size to carry around.
  9. newyorksole macrumors 68040

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    I feel like the market for a large iPad would be the same market as people who want 17" MPBs.
  10. spotlight07 macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2007
    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.
  11. RaelFacio macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2009
    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".
  12. scupking macrumors 6502a

    Dec 14, 2010
    No point in an iPad pro. If Apple was smart (and they are) they will not bring out an iPad pro....
  13. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada

    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.
  14. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    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?;)
  15. RedGemini macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2013
    Altoona, PA
    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?
  16. BCWorld macrumors 6502


    Jun 6, 2011
    Atlanta GA
  17. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    instead of ipad pro, apple must unified the macbook air into 1 size and that size should be 12.4" with a better display
  18. Macrolido macrumors regular


    May 14, 2012
    Monterrey, Mexico
  19. mazz0, Mar 14, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2014

    mazz0 macrumors 68000


    Mar 23, 2011
    Leeds, UK
    “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.
  20. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    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:
  21. spinedoc77 macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2009
    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.
  22. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    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.
  23. Radio macrumors 68000

    Mar 5, 2012
    Central California
    This is terrible.

    My 5 year old will be very upset.

    She needs an upgrade from the mini
  24. miniroll32 macrumors 65816


    Mar 28, 2010
    Apple's controlled leak centre has been in overdrive this week!

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