Remember those rumours of a plus-size iPad that were doing the rounds a couple of months back? They've surfaced again, and this time from an entirely new direction.
Chinese site United Daily News is saying the so-called “iPad Maxi” detailed by the Wall Street Journal in July is very much still on the cards, and could launch at some point next year.
Not that the two rumours are claiming the same thing – the WSJ reckoned the larger iPad would arrive “measuring slightly less than 13 inches diagonally”, while this time talk is of a 12in form factor.
The United Daily News report [translated] says Apple is developing the larger iPad with supplier Quanta Computer, which currently supplies components for the 13in MacBook Air but is said to be looking to diversify.
At present, Foxconn and Pegatron are Apple's primary iPad producers, and will continue to be responsible for manufacturing the standard 9.7in iPad and the 7.9in iPad mini.
Updated versions of both are expected to be unveiled in the next month or two, with the iPad 5 set to take on a more iPad mini-like design, and the mini set to get a Retina display. As for the larger model, it's still said to be at the testing stage, so we'll only be seeing it next year at the earliest – if it appears at all.