A bigger iPad? The same size as a Macbook screen? It might be true!

Apple is reportedly working on a 12.9" model of its popular tablet computer and it could be released as early as next year. To put that size into present day perspective, the screen should be about as large as the screens on 13-inch Macbooks.  

A Bloomberg report has said that the Cupertino-based company founded by Steve Jobs and Steve 'Woz' Wozniak in a garage in 1976 is currently working on something that is 'significantly larger' than the existing 9.7-inch iPad and 7.9-inch iPad Mini. According to their sources, Apple has been working with suppliers for over a year to bring the larger iPad to market.

But why would Apple want to make a bigger iPad to begin with? It seems like only yesterday users were complaining that the iPad was too big and they wanted an iOS-based "phablet"... a word used to describe the size that is somewhere between an iPhone and iPad that is easier to hold with one hand and transport.

Well, as users continually shift towards using tablets in place of laptops, it would only make sense to provide an additional size option that is the same screen size as their current top-selling laptops the Macbook Air and Macbook Pro.  

Additionally, it wouldn't necessarily be a shocker if Apple decided to incorporate the larger touchscreens into a more traditional Macbook body... effectively becoming a touch-sensitive Macbook air. Microsoft has experimented with doing something similar with their Surface Pro and so far has seen a positive market response.

In September, Apple will be holding their popular product announcement event where it's expected that they'll be announcing a new iPhone (rumored to be called the iPhone 6) in a 4.7-inch model and a larger 5.5-inch model. It is also expected that they'll be releasing more details about their new OSX Yosemite and iOS8 software updates and... if rumors are correct, a smartwatch.

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