Sales are down, so what better way to stimulate sales than top introduce a 12.9-inch model and call it the iPad max, to live alongside the iPad Air and iPad mini? Wait a minute? If the smaller iPads are not selling well, and they’re not, why bring in a new model that even fewer people want to buy?
It’s Coming! Maybe!
No one seems to know where these crazy rumors originate, but they get recycled and regurgitated ad nauseam, and at internet light speed.
The latest rumor, from The Mirror (where discriminating people get their news), says Apple plans to introduce the iPad max (my name, not Apple’s) later in 2014. Or, maybe sometime early in 2015. If it gets released at all.
One should not doubt that Apple has worked on multiple larger iPads, and has a number of prototype devices sitting around but cloaked in secrecy.
Who needs a bigger, more expensive, almost-priced-like-a-MacBook-Air iPad?
Schools? Probably not. They can hardly afford old iPads as it is. You? There’s little doubt that some of us want and need a large screen iPad max, but there are no online petitions, hence no public clamoring, hence to mass market.
Ah, there’s an opportunity. Future iPads will be lighter, faster, more powerful, and have even better screens, so a larger iPad with multiple user capability might make sense in the corporate world.
Besides Apple needs to be able to compete against Microsoft’s hot selling Surface Pro 3 hybrid tablet notebook. No. Wait. Damned autocorrect. That should be “Microsoft’s not selling Surface Pro.”
I wouldn’t mind a split-screen feature, and if there’s one thing that sells, it’s screen real estate. Just ask all the women using 5.5-inch smartphones. It’s a two-fisted digital burger with a screen.
Apple has a Mac Pro, the iMac, MacBook Pro models, the MacBook Air line, and a Mac mini. So, why not have an iPad Pro (or, max– “max pad” would get plenty of late night talk show promotions), an iPad Air and an iPad min?
Let’s carry that extreme to the iPhone, too. iPhone max at 5.5-inches, iPhone Air at 4.7-inches, and iPhone mini at 4-inches (last year’s iPhone 5s in a plastic case).
Here’s my prediction. If Apple launches an iWatch-like device in 2014, and follows that up with a larger screen iPad, then an ARM-based Mac-like portable netbook Chromebook-killer device is just over the horizon.