Back in May, the Korean website ETNews said Apple was hard at work on a 12.9 inch version of the iPad called the “iPad maxi”.
While the site has a good track record for Samsung and LG related rumors, we were skeptical as it was the first time they published an Apple rumor.
However, couple of weeks back, The Wall Street Journal, an incredibly trustworthy publication, also reported Apple has been working on an iPad with a bigger screen that measures “slightly less than 13 inches diagonally.”
So folks at MacRumors commissioned CiccareseDesign to create renderings to find out what an iPad with 12.9-inch display looks like compared to the 9.7-inch iPad, the rumored 5th generation iPad, iPad mini and a MacBook Air.
Increasing the diagonal measurement of the iPad’s display from 9.7 inches to 12.9 inches while maintaining the same 4:3 aspect ratio yields a substantial increase in display area of about 40%, leading us to believe that Apple will not simply scale up the existing iPad resolution to the larger screen size. Doing so would reduce pixel density from the 132 pixels per inch (ppi) or 264 ppi Retina on the current iPad to approximately 99 ppi (198 ppi Retina), making icons and other interface elements extremely large.
If Apple were, however, to maintain the same 132/264 ppi of the current 9.7-inch iPad, this 12.9-inch iPad could conveniently carry an increased resolution of approximately 1366 x 1024 (2712 x 2048 Retina), matching the “HD” display standard in width and exceeding it in height.
[..] Taking things even further, if Apple were to approach the pixel density of the iPad mini’s display on this larger iPad, it could offer an even higher resolution of 1600 x 1200 (3200 x 2400 Retina) or 1680 x 1260 (3360 x 2520 Retina) on a display offering twice the area of the iPad mini’s display.
Check out some of the high-resolution renderings of the 12.9-inch iPad compared to the 9.7-inch iPad, the rumored 5th generation iPad, iPad mini and a MacBook Air.
12.9-inch iPad (left) with rumored fifth-generation iPad (right) and iPad mini (bottom)
12.9-inch iPad (left) with 13-inch MacBook Air (right)
The 12.9-inch iPad seems too big, but it could be an interesting solution if it comes with an integrated keyboard, so it doubles up as a MacBook Air.
Do you want an iPad with a bigger screen? Let me know in the comments below.