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Apple testing iPad Maxi with 12.9-inch 4K display

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Fresh reports have emerged that Apple is testing a larger version of the iPad, but this time with a 4K display.

It’s hard to pick a fault with the iPad Air, but one tiny niggle might be that its 9.7-inch display is slightly less sharp than its rivals.

If reports are to be believed, Apple is working on a new product that won’t so much address these concerns as blow them out of the water.

Chinese language website PadNews claims, via anonymous Foxconn sources, that Apple is testing a new iPad with a larger 12.9-inch display. That’s nothing new to us, but what is fresh is the suggestion that one model of the 'iPad Maxi' will feature a 4K resolution.

Alongside this whopping Ultra High Definition model, which would effectively double the resolution of the iPad Air, Apple is also apparently testing a 2K model. This would be roughly equivalent to the 1080p tablets we’ve already seen on the market.

The same source reckons that the 2K iPad Maxi, or iPad Pro if that’s the way you want to speculate, will launch in April of 2014. The 4K model will then arrive in October of the same year as a kind of mid-term spec bump.

Just last week we reported on the suggestion that Apple had ordered production of a new 12.9-inch iPad for the second half of 2014. Now it seems that this iPad Maxi could return Apple’s Retina display technology to the top of the resolution pile.

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Kulti Vator

December 4, 2013, 10:06 am

I can buy into the 4k display rumour - makes sense if Apple are really looking at a larger form factor for a future high-end iPad.

The 2k display rumour though - that would be a step down from the standard iPad 3/4/Air resolution and definitely way off the mark. Apple wouldn't take a backward step like this, not least because it would break compatibility with existing iPad apps optimised for the current 2048x1536 display resolution.

Scorpion

December 4, 2013, 11:34 am

The resolution of iPads to day are more than adequate, the only people to complain, are people that deal in photography for a living, but my question to them, IS, how did they cope, before the iPad came into being. People are so greedy and some can NEVER, be satisfied, SO, greed people, don't use the iPad, for your comparisons print your pics, just like you had to do, before the iPad came about.

pikachu

December 4, 2013, 12:43 pm

Apple is reportedly making LG Display and Sharp IGZO collaborate on manufacturing their displays.

I am predicting that Apple will retain the same pixel per inch throughout their entire product line. Economically, this would enable cost savings by opening only one manufacturing product line and just cut out different display panel size according to product and defects. So, where a 14 inch panel has a defective zone, Apple can cut out smaller displays and dispose of the defective area. This is what I would do.

Steve jobs declared that Apple products will not engage in a specifications war. It generally implemented technology to improve user experience. So, exceeding the iPhone pixel per inch is more of a marketing gimmick, unless you have unusually good eyesight or intend to press your eyeball against the display.

Sbmessages

December 5, 2013, 11:48 am

It's not hard to pick a fault with the iPad Air. The speakers are placed in a terrible position. Your right hand covers the lower speaker if you hold it in landscape mode. Why they didnt place the speakers on the top left and top right hand sides is beyond me.

Insertnamehere

July 16, 2014, 6:45 pm

Incoming Maxi-pad jokes...

crazyredneck

August 6, 2014, 1:37 am

I know right? Down with the greedy Hi-Fi! Bring back the transistor!!!

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