Bloomberg claims Apple is developing its largest-ever iPad in an effort to increase tablet adoption in businesses. The new iPad will reportedly enter production in the first quarter of 2015 and may have a 12.9" screen.
Potential customers for larger-screen iPads are businesses, where the device could take on more tasks of a traditional laptop computer. In July, Apple unveiled a partnership with International Business Machines Corp. (IBM), and Cook said part of the pact’s rationale was to sell to corporations so they could “be a catalyst for future iPad growth.”
Jitesh Ubrani, an analyst at researcher IDC, said while tablet sales growth has slowed, he projects businesses, schools and governments will become bigger buyers of the devices. Those groups accounted for 16 percent of tablet sales in the second quarter this year, up from 13 percent a year earlier, he estimated.