The latest reports from Cupertino say Apple is working on a 13in iPad model to complement its existing 9.7in iPad and 7in iPad Mini.
The larger tablet would no doubt be a sight to behold. The bigger retina screen would only further shine if given a bigger canvas, and no doubt developers would be chomping at the bit to bring innovative touchscreen features to their iOS games.
But what about consumers? Buying trends have already indicated that, for many people, a smaller size is in fact preferable. The 7in tablets have long outsold their 10in counterparts, and while cost might be a factor, there is also enough evidence to suggest that as far as tablets are concerned the form factor and portability are also a primary concern.
Given that the consumer market has largely driven the direction of the tablet space thus far, a 13in iPad could prove to be both too expensive and too unwieldy to really make the sort of market splash Apple prefers with its products.
But what of the enterprise angle? Apple has always been a powerhouse in areas such as digital photography and design. This is where a 13in iPad could have major appeal. Imagine being able to use the touch interface of iOS with a large-screen canvas? Such a device would be hard for many media professionals to resist.
But even then there are concerns, primarily over the cost. Along with the higher price a bigger screen would command, there's the bigger hardware requirements that would come from being able to drive a device that size. This could push the cost of a 13in iPad to the point where, for only a couple of hundred dollars more, you could simply purchase a MacBook Air and have all the hardware benefits and more without losing the portability a large-screen iPad could offer.
It's important to note that such a device is far from a sure thing, at this point Apple is said to be doing nothing more than looking to build a prototype. But at this early juncture there remains plenty of doubt that there is even a real market for an even bigger iPad.
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