Published On: Wed, Aug 27th, 2014

Report: Apple preparing to release a much bigger iPad in early 2015

iPadApple is working on an even bigger version of the iPad that it plans to launch next year, Bloomberg reports.

The new iPad will have a 12.9-inch screen. Today’s iPad Air has a 9.7-inch screen. The iPad mini has a 7.85-inch screen. The big-screen iPad will launch in the first quarter of 2015, according to the report.

There have been rumors throughout Apple’s supply chain for months that the company was working on a larger version of the iPad. Some people have been calling it the iPad Pro. However, this report from Bloomberg is the most solid evidence we’ve had yet of such a device.

Meanwhile, Apple’s iPad business has been pretty sluggish. iPad sales growth has been declining. Last quarter, unit sales were down 9 percent on a year-over-year basis.

One way Apple is trying to reinvigorate iPad sales is by selling the devices to large companies through its new partnership with IBM. IBM will use its sales force to sell iPads to large enterprises. It’ll also make enterprise apps for the tablets.

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