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Quanta Reportedly in Line to Produce Larger iPad for Late 2014, iWatch for 2Q 2014

Following a September report stating that Apple may be working with Quanta Computer to develop a larger-sized iPad, Digitimes is now reporting that the Taiwanese-based manufacturer has landed the contract to mass-produce the tablet for the second half of 2014. Just last week, a report had claimed that the larger iPad was being targeted for an early 2014 launch.

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Mockup of 12.9-inch iPad next to iPad Air and iPad mini

The article also mentions that Quanta is expected to face difficulties when assembling the larger iPad because of its unique industrial design and assembly, which could also lead to constrained supplies:
Quanta is expected to encounter several challenges in terms of industrial design and assembly when making the large-size iPad. And since the size is not the mainstream specification, order volumes are expected to be limited, the sources said.
Component makers have also reportedly started pilot production for the iWatch, although low yields are rumored to be the reason behind delaying mass production of the device from Q1 2014 to Q2 2014. Quanta, Inventec, and Foxconn are said to be competing for iWatch production orders.

Last week's report from The Korea Times indicated that production of a 12-9-inch Retina Display to be used in a next-generation iPad was already underway at an Apple supplier in Korea. The larger tablet is also said to carry an improved display nearing ultra high-definition (UHD) quality, which would be significantly bigger and contain many more pixels than Apple's current 9.7-inch iPad Air.

Meanwhile, iWatch reports have surfaced occassionally in the past couple of weeks, with Apple rumored to be releasing both 1.7 and 1.3-inch display sizes of the watch for men and women. NPD DisplaySearch analyst Paul Gagnon also noted that Apple appears to have put its major television product plans on hold for the time being in order to focus on wearables such as the iWatch.

Related roundups: iPad Air, iWatch

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9 months ago
I'd lol if they started at 16GB
Rating: 15 Votes
9 months ago
I could see an extra-large iPad being hugely popular among educators, medical workers, retailers and restaurant operators.
Rating: 9 Votes
9 months ago

Actually, Jobs's is correct since Jobs is a proper noun.


No, the correct possessive is Jobs'. The fact that it's a possessive proper noun doesn't matter.
Rating: 5 Votes
9 months ago
glad to take them both. Larger ipad with dual boot os X would be great. Not happening though with :apple:
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago
Everyone loves the thinner, lighter, smaller iPad! Now lets make a bigger heavier one!
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago

*Jobs's



"Jobs'" is correct. :rolleyes:
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago
They name the 9.7" iPad the iPad Air... Now they can introduce the iPad Pro.
Rating: 3 Votes
9 months ago
If this is just a larger iPad what industrial design challenges would they be facing?
Rating: 3 Votes
9 months ago
I was bored the other day and drew the mini, iPad air and proposed 12.9" screens out in CAD to compare them. The 12.9" really seems unmanageable for a tablet device in either 4:3 or 16:10 aspect ratios.

Just my opinion, but I'm increasingly convinced that this proposed iPad may not be what we assume.

A random thought is that this 12.9 screen might herald the return of the "iBook" as an iOS based laptop form factor or possibly some other hinged / desk friendly system that we've yet to envisage. Of course "iBook" doesn't fit with the assumed iPad Pro naming convention, but I think we should at least be expecting something more creative and defining than a scaled up iPad.
Rating: 3 Votes
9 months ago
Very excited about a larger iPad. I'm definitely interested in one and I can also imagine many scenarios, where such iPad could be quite useful to other people. Not everyone wants/needs a small iPad (instead of a small iPad I'd rather have a larger ~5" iPhone).
Rating: 3 Votes

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