Large form device expected to boast ‘almost ultra HD-like’ picture quality

Apple 12.9-inch iPad rumoured for 2014 release

Apple is rumoured to be planning the release of a 12.9-inch iPad next year in order to complete with larger devices from its competitors.

According to sources, Apple suppliers in the country have been asked to produce 12.9-inch Retina displays ahead of the device’s launch.

“Apple’s local first-tier display supplier is now producing a 12.9-inch Retina Display to be used in the new iPad, which will be coming out sometime early next year,” an official from one of the firms told the Korea Times, explaining that the device would look to counter the release of bigger-screen tablets by Samsung and LG.

The source added that the screen would feature a resolution comparable to ultra HD.

“The 12.9-inch iPad will have improved picture quality. As the Apple partner intends to boost its lineup for displays that have almost ultra high-definition (UHD) quality, the upcoming iPad will provide very clear quality similar to that of UHD,” he added.

Sources from the Korea Display Industry Association (KDIA) had previously told the Korea Times that Samsung is developing larger-form tablets, with 10 and 13-inch OLED displays being produced for future iterations of the company’s Galaxy Tab devices.

“By diversifying its tablet lineup, Samsung plans to significantly narrow differences with Apple in the race. Samsung believes it also can dethrone Apple in tablets as it did in smartphones,” a source at Samsung told the publication.

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