If 12.9 inches isn’t enough workspace for your iPad, an even larger model may be on the way. According to Ross Young of DSSCa massive 14.1-inch iPad Pro is currently in development and could launch as early as next year.
Citing supply chain sources, Young describes the existence of a 14.1-inch display for the iPad Pro as “confirmed” and says it is “more likely” to launch in early 2023. (More likely than what? That’s not clear, but presumably he means more likely than a launch later in 2022.)
The screen will be based on mini-LED, he claims, and will feature ProMotion, matching the specs of the current 12.9-inch Pro. And responding to a commenter, he goes on to add that he thinks the device will only have Face ID. The wait is for Touch ID below the screen, which has been rumored for a while, but which should not appear on every Apple device yet.
Let’s start by noting that this is not a new rumor. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman said last summer that Apple was working on an iPad with a larger screen, which he described as “the perfect device for a lot of people, including me. [which] the line between tablet and laptop would continue to blur.” And a report in January claimed that Chinese electronics manufacturer BOE was planning to build OLED panels up to 15 inches, targeting Apple’s tablet range.
Is this really going to happen?
With so many reports claiming the existence of a bigger iPad Pro, we’re pretty sure this is true. We can also take into account Young’s excellent track record – he is currently rated as 92.9 percent accurate on AppleTrack, and the last time he predicted an iPad would increase in screen size, his numbers were spot on.
Strategically, the move is more ambiguous. On the one hand, it would solve the problem Apple has faced in recent years with two of its iPad lines competing for the same customers. Whenever the iPad Air is updated, the demand for the more expensive iPad Pro seems to disappear, and when the Pros are updated, they make the Air look like yesterday’s news. In some ways this is a nice problem to have, but competing with yourself is usually inefficient.
Having a larger Pro range, with the 14.1-inch model presumably replacing the smaller 11-inch, would mean they’re targeting an entirely different market than the Air. Looking for 11 inches or less? Go for the sky. Looking for 12 inches or more? The Pro is for you. Young didn’t speculate on which Pro model, if any, would be dropped to make way for the 14.1-inch, but killing the 11-inch would make sense from this perspective.
On the other hand, just how big is the market for a giant iPad Pro? The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is already quite niche and out of most buyers’ price range; it’s hard to see where Apple will find a substantial audience of tech buyers who need and can afford 14.1 inches, but don’t want to meet that need with a laptop.
We had expected new iPad Pros with an M2 processor to arrive in the fall, although with this rumor it is possible that the M2 models will launch in early 2023. If you don’t want to wait until then, make sure you’re paying the lowest price on current models by visiting our roundup of the best iPad deals.