Over the holiday season, I thought I had my hardware upgrade roadmap plotted for the foreseeable future. I put the first phase in place with a Black Friday purchase a 13-inch MacBook Air to serve as my anchor Mac for the next few years,
and my intent was to put the $150 Apple gift card I received as a Black Friday discount toward purchase of an iPad Air in 2014—perhaps around the time my current iPad 2 turns three years old in
But now it’s rumored that a 13-inch panel iPad Pro is on the way, most likely for release in the fall, muddying the upgrade waters again.
The new iPad Air is a great machine (the best Apple tablet yet in my estimation) but for the sort of use I put it to, a pro-spec iPad sounds like it would be even better for my purposes, and I
now may be persuaded to soldier on with the old iPad 2 for a while yet. On the other hand, not everyone is on board with iPad Pro anticipation. In an interview with CNET’s Brooke Crothers, IHS market metrics firm’s director of
tablet and monitor research Rhoda Alexander expresses skepticism about the likelihood of a larger display iPad debuting in the foreseeable future.
Last month, MacRumors’
Eric Slivka was one of several pundits who cited a research report by Evercore analyst Patrick Wang affirming that his insider supply chain sources are telling him that a larger display iPad
is indeed in the works for a 2014 fall release, targeting enterprise users in particular. However, Mr. Wang believes it won’t just be a larger-screen iPad Air, but rather a “hybrid” device
intended to fill the divide between tablets and notebooks, to be powered by an Apple A8 SoC (possibly quad-core), and with more storage capacity, which implies greater than the current maximum
128GB available with the Air.
Unfortunately, it also implies that such a device would likely be priced a full tier up from the current iPad Air range, and…