Rumours point to 12.9-inch iPad entering production in early 2015

For months, the rumour mill has been churning out reports of multiple screen sizes for the iPhone 6. Now, the mill has set its sights on Apple’s line of tablets. According to the latest scuttlebutt, Apple is planning a 12.9-inch iPad that will go into production in 2015.

Bloomberg cites people with knowledge of the matter as saying Apple’s suppliers are preparing to produce the biggest iPad ever, with production starting early next year. This device has apparently been in the works for more than a year and is separate from the updated 9.7-inch iPad that Apple has been working on for release this year. Bloomberg’s sources say there will also be an updated iPad mini in time for this year’s holiday shopping season.

Apple traditionally debuts new iPads in October for a November launch. If Bloomberg’s sources are legitimate, then this new, 13-inch iPad won’t arrive until the end of next year. The other possibility is that this is the long-rumoured convertible iPad. Over the last couple of years, talk of a convertible 13-inch iPad has cropped up on a fairly regular basis. Perhaps it’s Apple’s first 2-in-1 convertible that is entering production in the new year?

It’s also possible that in light of its agreement with IBM, Apple now sees a pressing need to create a device with a larger display that’s more conducive to productivity. The two companies announced their partnership in mid-July, detailing plans for 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps for the iPhone and iPad. IBM also plans to sell iPads and iPhones with its enterprise solutions to business clients. It’s possible that this larger iPad (or convertible iPad) is part of those plans, too.