Would You Use a Supersized iPad?

Apple is reportedly gearing up to produce a 12.9-inch iPad, according to a new report in the Wall Street Journal.

In keeping with its long tradition of secrecy, Apple isn’t commenting about its future product lines. However, enough reports have leaked over the past few months about an extra-large iPad to suggest that something is indeed in the works. The Journal’s unnamed sources suggest that Apple could add USB 3.0 ports to the device, along with ports for a keyboard and mouse.

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If the rumors are true, a supersized iPad would represent a philosophical shift of sorts for Apple, which has endeavored to keep its tablet as minimalist as possible with regard to ports and hardware add-ons. Assuming a late-2015 launch, the device would also face a stagnating tablet market, which could harm its commercial prospects.

Apple may presume that a larger tablet with more ports would appeal to businesses; and if enough businesses decided to purchase this “iPad Max,” those sales could offset any weakness in the consumer market. But aside from graphic designers, photographers, and other artists, it’s difficult to see which business segments could have a burning need for an iPad that measures 12.9 inches as opposed to the current 9.7.

On the other hand, if smartphones have become more successful by growing larger, maybe tablets should do the same.

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5 Responses to “Would You Use a Supersized iPad?”

  1. jelabarre59

    I wouldn’t even use a regular-sized iFad. I’m sure Apple will try to claim they originated it, forgetting all about the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, or the 20″ and 24″ Nabi BigTab.

  2. I can’t imagine doing any real, or productive work, on one of these.

    First of all, it doesn’t have a keyboard (and simulating a computer on part of an LCD screen won’t cut it). Second, there is only 1 screen. I can’t work productively with a single screen.

  3. I have a 7″ tablet that fits in my pants pocket…anything larger and it won’t. I have no desire to get anything larger…oh, and on sale it was less than $100. It doesn’t have all the whiz-bang features but gives me everything I need, especially when paired with a wifi connection.

    If I were to buy a 12″ “monitor” pad, I would expect it to be fully functional with, as said, a keyboard option and multiple window capability and other things to make me more productive. However, these larger tablets are not really portable, so why not just buy a laptop and get all the functionality plus more and more power and more of everything else? The only benefits to the tablets are portability and touchscreen…making them bigger makes them less useful since they lack laptop power and features, leaving only touchscreen as a benefit.

  4. Irrational

    I have a regular size ipad and an ipad mini. I find that I use the mini the majority (say 99%) of the time. I find that the size is perfect for me and my needs. I also have a Nexus 7, but I find it to be too small (It’s a bit too narrow). So the mini is in that perfect place between too small (the Nexus) and too large (the regular iPad). YMMV

  5. ElectricLion

    The problem with the iPad isn’t its size. It’s the fact that it’s just an oversized iPhone that can’t make calls. In every respect, it’s just a big broken phone. The ports will go a long way towards making a better tablet. Other tablet makers have discovered that the tablet is the new laptop, so they’ve added USB ports, full operating systems, and the ability to run full programs in addition to mobile apps. If Apple doesn’t join this trend, the tablet that started the serious tablet market will be left behind the same way that the superior betamax video was eclipsed by the inferior VHS.