Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Size Comparison of a 12.9-Inch iPad with Smaller iPad Models and 13-Inch MacBook Air

rlier this yr, areport from a Korn news siteclaimed that was looking at the possibility of launching a12.9-inch iPadin rly 2014. We called the story ‘crazy,’ as among other things, it called for the monstrous tablet to be named the ‘iPad maxi.’Surprisingly, though, late last monththe Wall Street Journalcorroborated the report, saying it had it on good authority that was rlly working on such a device. And on the off chance that it ever makes it to market, here’s what it could look like…The folks over atMacRumorshavecommissionedCiccareseDesignto crte renderings of what a 13-inch iPad might look like compared to the current iPad and iPad mini models, as well as the rumoredfifth-eration iPad, and a 13-inch MacBook Air.Here’s the 12.9-inch iPad next to a mini and a 4th iPad:And here it is next to a 13-inch MacBook Air:Now, there’s a lot of math behind this thing, but MacRumors says that the renderings are based on a display with a resolution of2712 x 2048. That’s why you see an extra row of icons on the Home screen, and why it seems like there’s so much empty space.While the renderings look grt, the obvious question here is why on rth would build such a large tablet? Isn’t the current 9.7-inch model plenty big—or even too big for folks that opt for the smaller 7.9-inch mini? Honestly, I don’t have an answer.But if I had to guess, I’d say such a device would be gred toward the pro crowd—photographers, graphers, producers, etc. Never underestimate the value of more screen rl estate when you’re doing things like showing photos and editing raw footage.So will we ever see a 13-inch iPad? I don’t know. But if we do, I doubt it will be anytime soon. I agree with some of the chatter I’vecome across on Twitterthat iOS, as it is now, would feel rather odd on a 12.9-inch display—as would its thousands of apps.What’s your take on all of this? Would you buy a 13-inch iPad?

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