March 14, 2014
Were you planning to buy an Apple “iPad Pro” later this year? Not so fast, says DigiTimes, which reports that Cupertino has “shelved” plans for a 12.9-inch tablet, at least for now. News of an iPad Pro first surfaced in May 2013. Since then, other vendors have been rumored to be working on their own large-size tablets. Unfortunately, “development hurdles” have caused many, including Apple, to rethink things. DigiTimes notes:
However, most of the large-size tablet projects face difficulties because of lack of support from related platform developers and ecosystems. Apple has also been said to shelved its large-size tablet project.Personally, I don’t put much stock in this report, especially given where the industry is heading. In January, Samsung announced two new tablets: the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, and Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2. Google and Amazon could also release large-screen devices later this year. The DigiTimes report is unclear about whether the iPad Pro has been delayed, or permanently axed by Apple. See also: Tablets To Represent 75 Percent Of The Mobile Computing Market By 2017, Future Apple iOS Devices To Be Thinner, Lighter And Have Larger Displays, Apple To Launch Refreshed iPad Air This Year, But No New iPad mini Until 2015?