Apple is at work on a 12.9-inch iPad, according to Bloomberg. The current full-size iPad measures 9.7 inches diagonally. The report says production on the new slates won’t start until next year.
The global tablet market is still smaller than the PC market, but for Apple, tablets are the company’s second-largest revenue source after smartphones. Analysts at Gartner say Apple had more than a third of the worldwide tablet market last year, but its market share was down from a year earlier. And iPad sales were down year-on-year during both Q1 and Q2 this year.
Adding screen size to the iPad may be Apple’s response to slower sales. It may also be a play for enterprise customers who could substitute a large tablet for a laptop computer. Apple recently signed a partnership with IBM, which will help the Cupertino company market its mobile devices to business customers.
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