August 27, 2014
Maybe bigger really is better — when it comes to tablets, that is.
Apple, it seems, agrees. The Cupertino company has plans to produce a 12.9-inch iPad by early next year, according to a report from Bloomberg.
Sources told the publication that Apple has been working with suppliers for more than a year to develop a new range of larger touch-screen devices.
The iPad Air coming this fall boasts a 9.7-inch screen while the iPad Mini has a 7.85-inch screen — meaning this new tablet will be significantly bigger.
The changes on the way for the iPad are likely an effort by Apple CEO Tim Cook to encourage new sales in a tablet–saturated market. In another move to give iPad sales a boost, Apple is teaming up with IBM to build enterprise apps designed only for iPhones and iPads.
The new class of business apps will bring big data and analytics capabilities to Apple’s handsets, challenging longtime industry leader Microsoft’s offerings.
The new capabilities will include:
- A new lot of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, fashioned exclusively for the iPhone and iPad;
- Unique IBM cloud services optimized for iOS, including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration;
- New AppleCare service and support offering tailored to the needs of the enterprise; and
- New packaged offerings from IBM for device activation, supply and management.
It is impossible to say if the changes Apple has up its sleeve will be enough to convince tablet users to upgrade to the new version of the iPad.