02 Dec 2013

A 4K iPad Pro? We think it's already in production.

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The normally reliable Korea Times has reported that a 12.9 inch near-4K iPad is already being made. Here's more background on this and some other products that we think Apple will release during 2014. You read it first here! RedShark's K Stewart reports

By K Stewart

At this point in Apple’s product cycle, this season’s line-up is frozen and the doors to technology’s pre-eminent Dream Factory are closed tight. No more secrets to reveal. Not until Spring 2014 at the earliest.

This is the moment when speculation about new products, new ‘product categories’ can be at its wildest. There will be no real news for many months now.

An iWatch for Q2 2014? Absolutely; Inventec, Quanta and Foxconn Electronics are competing to build it for Apple.

27 and 32-inch 4K screens to partner the MacPro? Coming soon with AU Optronics panels using the embedded DisplayPort (eDP). Maybe.

iTV? Possibly not until 2015. Apple’s recent acquisition of 3D PrimeSense may take a little time to digest for that gesture-based interface, while 4K is still a little much for home broadband.

iPad Pro? Well, there’s the most mysterious mystery box of them all.

Rumours begin

May 2013 kick-started the most recent iPad Pro rumours with Korean website ETNews reporting a tier-1 Apple supplier was testing a 12.9-inch screen. A month later, the Wall Street Journal ran a similar story, while iPad News said Foxconn was testing a larger screen size (11.4 or 12.9 inches) in preparation for a March 2014 debut.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo agreed a 12-inch Apple device was in development, but claimed it would be a new design MacBook Air with Retina display due in mid-2014, while Nomura analysts said the new machine would either be a 12.9-inch iPad or possibly a laptop-tablet hybrid similar to the Asus Transformer line or Sony's VAIO Flip models.sony-vaio-flip_dt.jpg

Sony's second generation VAIO Filp models are some of the best recent PC/Tablet devices


In November, the reputable Korea Times reported that production has already started on a 12.9 inch screen of near 4K resolution with an early 2014 shipping date. DigiTimes Sony’s second generation VAIO Flip models are some of the best hybrid PC/tablet models.claimed Quanta were building the 12.9-inch iPad but pushed the release data back into the middle of 2014.

The iPad/MacBook screen size confusion is perplexing. Touch-screen vs no touch screen, widescreen vs 4:3 aspect ratio. The most plausible explanation is that Apple is exploring a retina MacBook Air and iPad Pro in tandem.

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