The rumors of a 13-inch iPad have almost gone the way of the dinosaur. Recent leaks have turned up a plethora of iPad images showing Apple ID, recessed buttons, and a slightly thinner design. However, none of them have been larger than 10-inches.
Today, however, Bloomberg reported that Apple is working on a larger tablet, so-called “iPad Pro,” that will be ready for launch in early 2015.
According to unnamed sources who spoke with Bloomberg, Apple is preparing production for the iPad pro for the first quarter of next year. The screen size will measure 12.9 inches diagonally. Apple supposedly has been working with suppliers on a range of larger sized tablets for at least a year.
Bloomberg also noted that Apple may be trying to appeal to the enterprise market with the supposed iPad Pro. The company recently announced a partnership with IBM in an attempt to drum up interest in the Global 500 market. A larger screen would definitely appeal to users in a productivity capacity.
The odd portion of this report comes in the timing of the supposed launch. Apple has regularly been launching new products in the fall. Even the iPad started out as a spring product at first and was rescheduled when the fourth-generation iPad came out during the fall of 2012, only eight months after the third-generation iPad launched. If Apple does unveil the iPad Pro in early 2015, it would go against the company’s normal launch schedule.
The Bloomberg report all but confirms that Apple will also launch the much-rumored larger iPhone on Sept. 9. The smart phone will supposedly come in two sizes, 4.7 and 5.5 inches.