According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is preparing to release a 12.9-inch iPad for early next year. Citing people with “knowledge of the matter,” the outlet says that the company’s suppliers are gearing up now, with production of the tablet scheduled to begin by the first quarter of next year.
If we go back with time for a couple of months ago, we would know that Apple was originally expected to launch the 13-inch “iPad Pro” this fall, but is believed to have pushed back the project due to resources being used on the so-called ‘iWatch,’ and the new iPhone 6.
The new iPad will have a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the details aren’t public. Apple currently produces iPads with 9.7-inch and 7.9-inchdisplays. The Cupertino, California-based company has been working with suppliers for at least a year to develop a new range of larger touch-screen devices, said the people.
Additionally, the site’s sources reaffirm the expectation that Apple is holding a media event next month to introduce two larger iPhones: one with a 4.7-inch display, and one with a 5.5-inch. It also says Apple suppliers recently started manufacturing a new 9.7-inch iPad, expected to debut this fall.