Rumour: Apple gearing up for an iPad Maxi launch

A Korean website is reporting that Apple will be launching a 12.9-inch iPad Maxi in 2014.

A Korean website is reporting that Apple will be launching a 12.9-inch iPad Maxi in 2014.

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Macworld has spotted a rumour on Korean website ETNews that Apple will be releasing a 12.9-inch "iPad Maxi" in the first half of next year, citing unnamed industry sources.

The new iteration of the iPad, according to ETNews, aims to bridge the gap between notebooks and tablets, as well as pick up more strongly on the student market with digital textbooks.

Apple has already been marketing to students with its iPad, and has seen it take off in both schools and universities as a lower-cost, lightweight and more compact alternative to a notebook.

ETNews' report claims that the rather terribly named iPad Maxi is in development, with Apple talking to Korean suppliers. However, the idea seems odd at best, given that the iPad already seems to work in the niche suggested by the website, and that the iPad Mini — a smaller iPad — has seen massive popularity since its launch in November last year — and especially since Apple has a contract with Foxconn for its iPad manufacturing needs.

Besides, we would hope that Apple, with all its marketing savvy, would do better than a name that is so reminiscent of a feminine hygiene product.

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