As a self-declared tablet fiend, this writer loves her tabbies! From the iPad mini, Lenovo Tab, ASUS MeMO and Google Nexus 7 – each of these tablets have a special place within a fiend’s heart and home. Therefore, when the rumor mill started buzzing about the iPad 6 a.k.a iPad Pro, ears twitched and the search and calls were on. Reportedly, the future of Apple’s iPad may be changing. Rumors suggests bigger may be better as Apple is considering a 12.9-inch screen for the next iPad generation.
The Evolution of the iPad
Remember in 2010 when the legendary Steve Jobs held that beautiful, brand new iPad in his hand? Touting a mega 9.7-inch screen and weighing under two
pounds, the future was branded. The original iPad had 256MB of RAM and sported a 800MHz ARM Cortex CPU. This is the fundamental acknowledgement of how advanced technology has become. Since its inception, more than three years ago, Apple has unveiled a new iPad annually, sometimes twice with the branding of the iPad mini in 2012.
The iPad 2, iPad 3, the original iPad mini, the iPad 4 to the newest two releases: the iPad mini Retina display and the iPad Air. The recent release of the iPad mini Retina and Air have digitally and technologically altered the demands consumers want. Lighter is amazing, speed rocks and storage is essential. Apple is a company who heralded the need and continues to drive the desire. Could their next step move into the bigger screen realm? Rumors suggest the iPad 6 Pro will be a testament of new beginnings for the iTunes creator.
Big is in?
Considering Samsung made jaws drop when they released the Galaxy Mega, a juggernaut of screen sizes, big is seemingly, in. The smartphone sports a 6.3-inch screen and is definitely not intended for those who have petite hands or slippery fingers. This introduction of huge screens has elicited a response from manufacturers, except for Apple. Sure, while the titan of Mac has boosted the iPhone 5, 5C and 5S to an impressive 4-inches (predecessors marked at 3.5-inches), it falls short to other competitors. Nokia Lumia is jumping on the bandwagon as is LG and Sony. It is only natural to consider that many consumers also want larger tablets.
Recently, a 13-inch HANNSpad Android tablet was released. The mega screen of its viewing capability sported an otherwise average storage capacity of 16GB with 1GB of RAM. There is another 13.3-inch option sold by Panasonic, which is also intended for rugged use. Running on the Windows OS, it is an older device but remains popular on buying sites like Amazon. It always sports amazing 4 out of 5 or five stars for usability. There is something to this big is in mantra.
If Apple steps into the arena by introducing a 12.9-inch screen, will that develop more interest from new consumers, or drive away dedicated customers? It could a mix of both, but the rumor mill is buzzing hot about the possibility of this new iPad, slated for a possible release in 2014.
iPad 6 Pro
Samsung is reportedly working on a 12.2-inch Galaxy tablet to woo more buyers away from the iPad. If Apple comes swinging with a larger screen, Samsung may just see their goal result in a terrible loss. Rumors suggest the iPad 6 Pro will sport a stunning resolution, 4096 x 3072 with 397 ppi and would maintain the 64-bit, A7 or possibly the rumored A8 chip. Rumors from unnamed sources familiar with the Cupertino-based company, states several prototypes are being reviewed for the upcoming year and the newest iPad generation.
Of course many dedicated fans are batting down the rumors. There is the consideration that if Apple is truly working on a 12.9-inch screen iPad, it can upset the MacBook sales. Right now speculation is running rampant as many ponder the consideration and the next big move from Apple. Samsung’s larger screen tablet is rumored to hit markets in the first quarter of 2014. If those rumors come to fruition, there could be further consideration of Apple Inc.’s big move. If the iPad 6 Pro is introduced with a 12.9-inch screen, it could dominate an otherwise, saturated tablet field. Interested in this prospect? Share in the comments.