Apple: 12.9in iPad to arrive in March?

Apple’s all set to release a larger screened iPad in the early part of 2014 with a 12.9in-sized device reportedly on the horizon.

Unnamed sources in Apple’s supply chain have reported that the device will be on the way some time early next year with other rumours stating that it will be the first to come with an Ultra-HD display.

“Apple’s local first-tier display supplier is now producing a 12.9-inch Retina display to be used in the new iPad, which will be coming out sometime early next year,” unnamed supply chain sources told The Korea Times, according to Techfaster.com.

The same article mentions that the 12.9in iPad will, if released, ship with an Ultra-HD display that would outstrip the current retina display that adorns the latest incarnations of the iPad, iPad Mini, and MacBook Pro.

As far as a release date goes, March 2014 is being mentioned as a tentative date with the price expected to fall between the iPad and MacBook Pro at around $700 [£434].

Rumours of a larger screen iPad have been around for some time with most pointing to a screen size that is around 13in and thus putting it alongside Apple’s MacBook Pro laptop computer.

Last month Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes identified a large-screen iPad as a vital cog to attracting consumers to make more purchases with the 64-bit processor and large screen helping it to become a worthy personal computer replacement.

Apple’s latest iPad is the fifth generation iPad Air that includes a 64-bit A7 chip and M7 coprocessor as well as a retina display. The tablet computer has been slimmed down with the same size display still in place and has a 9.7in screen size that is noticeably smaller than the rumoured larger screen version.