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Apple is reportedly planning to launch a new iPad with a larger 16-inch screen. The new iPad could hit the market by 2023, new rumors suggest.

Divya Bhatic

New Delhi,UPDATED: 27 Oct 2022 16:40 IST

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By Divya Bhatic: Apple recently launched the new 10th-generation iPad and the new M2 iPad Pro, and the devices are now on sale. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is currently the company’s largest model. But soon we might see a brand new iPad with a bigger screen. How big? Exactly, or so rumours say. According to a report from The Information, Apple plans to introduce a new premium iPad with a large 16-inch screen by the end of 2023.

Apple currently sells the MacBook Pro with a 16.2-inch screen. But with the release of the new iPad line, Apple may start the rivalry between its own premium devices – MacBook Pro and iPad Pro. “The device would further blur the line between the iPad and MacBook,” the report said. If the rumors have any substance, we can expect the launch of a new large-screen iPad in Q4 2023.

Many rumors and leaks surrounding the larger Apple iPad screen have been circulating on the internet for a while now. Earlier in 2021, Mark Gurman noted at Bloomberg that Apple was planning to release an iPad with a larger screen from 14 to 15 inches in a year or two. This year, in June, another report from Supply Chain analyst Ross Young backed up claims about Apple’s new larger iPad. He revealed that Apple would launch a 14.1-inch iPad with Mini LEDs and Pro Motion display next year.

The current iPad Pro with 12.9 inches gives a lot of space to professionals such as designers. But as the saying goes, the bigger the better, at least for some tasks. So a new 16-inch iPad can give some professionals more creative space and a more comprehensive experience.

Given how Apple adds more versatility and powerful features to the iPad operating system, the larger iPad with 16-inch screen can also compete with some MacBooks. While there’s a good chance that the MacBook Pro, being a rather specialized computer, doesn’t feel any threat from the larger iPad, the MacBook Air can feel some heat. This is more true when the chipset in both the MacBook Air and the larger iPad is likely to be the same M-series CPU. For many casual users, the larger iPad may make more sense compared to a laptop, especially when paired with a keyboard accessory.

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