Apple is developing a new iPad tablet, which could offer screen sizes of up to 13in, according to reports.
The Wall Street Journal cited Asian hardware suppliers in reporting that Apple is seeking a display screen that would measure just under 13in and could be used in hardware prototypes for a new large-screen addition to the line.
Apple currently offers the iPad in a 9.7in full-size design as well as the 7in iPad Mini model as a small-screen tablet. Thus far, the 7in and 10in markets have proven to be the two best form factors for vendors and have dominated the tablet ranks.
While the iPad has largely been seen as a consumer device thus far, the addition of a 13in model would possibly add appeal in the enterprise space, particularly in the design and digital media markets where Apple hardware has been dominant since the first Macintosh models hit the market in the early 1980s.
Apple is not the only firm said to be mulling large-screen tablet designs. At this year's CES conference, Panasonic demonstrated a 20in tablet that was capable of displaying resolutions four times higher than that of the 1080p standard. The company said that it believed such large-screen tablets would primarily appeal to the business market as a design and presentation tool.
Apple is also reportedly considering expanding the size of its iPhone handset. The same report claims that the company is also asking its suppliers to provide larger-screen designs for the iPhone, though the report did not give specific measurements.
Last year the company opted to increase the screen size on the iPhone from 3.5 to 4in, bringing the handset closer in line with screen sizes offered by competing Android handsets.
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