We’ve already heard one crazy rumor about the iPhone 5S today, and now we have another, even more ludicrous one, about the iPad. Apparently, Apple is planning to launch a bigger “iPad maxi” in early 2014 which will step up the tablet’s fight against ultrabooks and other small notebooks with a 12.9-inch display.
The rumor comes from Korea’s ETNews, which claims Apple is already talking to display manufacturers and other component suppliers in Korea about the device. “Insiders” suggest the device will compete with ultrabooks and other small notebooks with better portability, better battery life, and a comparable screen size.
But don’t get your hopes up.
Not only does the “iPad maxi” name sound ridiculous, but we’re skeptical Apple would make the iPad any bigger. Its fastest-selling iPad at the moment isn’t its largest one, but its smaller iPad mini, which has been stealing regular iPad sales since its debut last fall.
Why would Apple make a larger iPad when it’s clear consumers love the smaller model?
Maybe a larger display would be better for those who are thinking about ditching their ultrabook for the iPad, but are there really enough of these users to warrant a brand new iPad? Are there really millions of ultrabook users waiting for a larger iPad so that they can switch?
I don’t think so.