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A massive 16-inch iPad could launch next year
Apple is reportedly developing a giant iPad, which is tipped to release in the fourth quarter of 2023
➡️ The Shortcut Skinny: 16-inch iPad
📏 Apple might be working on a giant 16-inch iPad
🎨 The device would be aimed at professionals such as graphic artists and designers
🧐 A 14-inch iPad Pro could also be in development and is rumored to have a mini-LED display
👊 The 16-inch iPad would dwarf the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which is currently the biggest iPad available
Apple is reportedly developing a 16-inch iPad that’s aimed at those who desire a larger screen – and it could launch towards the end of 2023.
The 16-inch iPad would be significantly bigger than the iPad Pro, which has a diagonal screen size of 12.9-inches, If Apple is indeed making a supersized iPad, it would be the biggest iPad Apple has ever made by some margin.
A 14-inch iPad Pro model with a mini-LED display is also apparently in the works, according to display industry analyst Ross Young. It means the new larger iPads would mirror the screen sizes of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, and would further blur the lines between Apple’s laptops and tablets.
The Information’s Wayne Ma broke the news about the 16-inch iPad and says that the unwieldy device “would likely be geared toward creative professionals such as graphic artists and designers who prefer a larger screen”.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of the existence of a larger iPad. Last year, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman revealed that Apple was indeed exploring the idea of creating larger iPads.
Apple recently unveiled its new iPad Pro, which includes the company’s faster M2 chip, and an iPad redesign. The new iPad has a 10.9-inch screen (up from 10.2-inches) and is more akin to the iPad Air, though it uses the A14 Bionic chip. It comes in four vibrant colors but uses the older non-magnetic Apple Pencil Gen 1. You’ll need to buy an adapter to charge it as well, as the new iPad ditches the Lightning port for USB-C, something that future iPhones are required to do, at least in the EU.
While a massive iPad could be appealing to some users, expect a high price tag. The new iPad is $449, up from last year’s $329. The iPad Pro, meanwhile, costs $1,099 for the 12.9-inch version, so I’d expect to see the rumored iPad 16-inch model cost at least $599, if not more.
Apple is also reportedly working on a powerful new MacBook Pro and Mac mini, which could arrive in the next few months. The Cupertino-based company has supposedly been testing a successor to its $5,999 Mac Pro that’s tipped to be announced in 2023.
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