Apple is reportedly testing 12.9-inch iPad with 2K, 4K resolution displays
3rd Dec 2013 | 19:59
The iPad Pro rumors could give Apple's tablet a new high resolution
However, the rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro could be the Cupertino-based company's resolution to finally incorporate a higher resolution display into one of its tablets.
Apple is reportedly testing out its unconfirmed larger iPad with 2K and 4K displays, according to the Chinese-language news site Pad News.
The unnamed Foxconn sources are said to have indicated that there's a 12.9-inch iPad with a 2K resolution that is currently in prototype form.
Double the resolution
A 4K iPad Pro would be impressive with a likely resolution of 4096 x 3072, which is higher than 4K Ultra high-definition televisions on sale right now.
Essentially, this is double the resolution of the current iPad Air, which is 2048 x 1536 at and 264 pixels per inch.
Increasing the amount of pixels would be a welcome change if Apple were to stretch its largest tablet screen from 9.7-inches to 12.9-inches.
Right now, Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch tablet has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and 339 pixels per inch. That's almost a million more pixels than the iPad Air.
12.9-inch iPad Pro release date speculation
The only thing that's higher than the 12.9-inch iPad's potential resolution is the number of possible release dates.
Early 2014 was originally speculated for this iPad maxi model, while supply chain sources have reported the iPad 6 is in for a more-typical late 2014 launch.
The latest iPad Pro release date rumors generated by these same sources predict an initial April launch for a 2K version and a 4K specs bump in October.
The timing of the 12-inch iPad is hardly a sure thing, but Apple's desire to replace everyone's need for a laptop with larger, high-resolution tablets seems a little more certain today.