According to The Information, Apple is developing an iPad with a 16-inch screen. MacBook-sized, the tablet should hit the market in the last quarter of 2023. At the moment, Apple produces iPads with screens between 8.3 inches and 12.9”.
As also highlights the The Information, the creation of a 16-inch iPad and Apple Silicon M-series chips would cause a “confusion” in the segmentation between the brand’s tablets and the MacBookwhich has screens of the same size in the Pro line.
Apple planning 16-inch iPad
Apple’s slogan for the iPhone SE (“it’s a lot of iPhone for less”), plays with the fact that the “cheap” model of the smartphone delivers the same as the models of the main line. If the 16-inch tablet is launched, the Apple May Adopt The Slogan “It’s A Lot Of iPad For A Lot More”s”.
Even though it’s still too early — and not the first time there’s been talk of a large-screen iPad — to nail anything, it’s hard not to think that the future model will be an iPad Pro.
Mark Gurman, Apple expert at Bloomberg, commented in 2021 that Apple is studying a top-of-the-line 15-inch version. In this year, the Apple company just released the iPad Pro at 12.9 inches — a size that has been around since its launch in 2015.
16-inch iPad for what?
With all that screen size, a powerful M1 chip, and a keyboard, you have a MacBook replacement. However, 16 inches is too much screen to use the touch function. An iPad with such a display would be “extremely” focused on the professional audience who, whether for money or otherwise, will not buy the MacBook Pro in the same size.
Recently, the The Information announced that Apple reduced production of the iPhone 14 Plus to “reevaluate sales strategies”. The company must be preparing not to make the same mistake and leave a 16-inch iPad stranded while the MacBook Pro steals sales.
With information: The Verge