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Apple will begin production of a new 12–inch iPad in the first quarter of 2015, reports suggest, with the capacious tablet set to hit shelves later in the year.

‘People with knowledge of the matter’ have purportedly spoken anonymously with Bloomberg about Cupertino’s next-generation slate. They claim suppliers are gearing up for orders of the new iPad now.

Interestingly, the sources claim Apple has been working for upwards of a year on a ‘range’ of large display touchscreen products, teasing the possibility that we could well see a Mac with swipeable skills too.

The tablet is set to come with a 12.9–inch screen, but little else is known about Apple’s plans. Previous reports suggested the device, informally dubbed the iPad Pro, was shelved due to production difficulties.

However, Apple now appears to be forging ahead with its iPad Pro plans after sales of its iPad Air and iPad Mini fell flat in the past two quarters.

The growth in larger screen smartphones is said to be to blame, meaning Apple could further harm iPad sales with the imminent release of the new iPhone 6, which is expected to come in 4.7–inch and 5.5–inch variants.



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