You won’t find a more consistent and reliable source for Apple information than Mark Gurman at Bloomberg. He was one of the first in what is now a growing and heavily scrutinized group of bloggers and journalists who give us varying windows into Apple’s ongoing projects, supply chain, and hardware release schedule. He’s back today with an interesting tidbit about the iPad Pro that most power users should find particularly interesting.
In his weekly Power On newsletter at Bloomberg, Gurman reveals that he’s been using an iPad Pro as his main writing device recently, which has helped him to form some strong opinions on the direction that Apple should take with their tablets in the future. Like many of us, he’s ready for more:
Now I have even stronger feelings for what Apple Inc. needs to change about the iPad—and it goes beyond software. It’s time for a giant screen, one in the 14-inch to 16-inch range. I love the speed, touchscreen, versatility and Magic Keyboard, but the 12.9-inch display is far too small for someone accustomed to a 16-inch MacBook Pro.
And I’m not the only one who thinks that: I’m told that Apple has engineers and designers exploring larger iPads that could hit stores a couple of years down the road at the earliest. They’re unlikely for next year—with Apple’s attention on a redesigned iPad Pro in the current sizes for 2022—and it’s possible they never come at all. But a big iPad would be the perfect device for many people, including me, and would continue to blur the lines between tablet and laptop.
All I can say is AMEN, brother! Welcome to the dark side. Those of us who want Apple to throw off some of the shackles that hold the iPad Pro and iPadOS back in different ways embrace you as another champion who Apple might actually listen to. Please keep talking about this!
We all have differing opinions of what changes Apple should make and in what order, but larger screen iPad Pros are a common request from the power user set, so Gurman is far from alone. I’ve definitely been in this camp for a while now. I love the 12.9″ device, which I have been using since I got the first gen iPad Pro back in 2015. However, more of a good thing sounds even better to me. I would definitely be one of the first in line for a 14″ or 16″ iPad Pro if Apple ever decides to go in this direction.
The most interesting reveal here isn’t just Mark Gurman’s opinion on the larger screen iPad Pro matter. According to one or more of his many sources, Apple engineers and designers have looked into this as a legitimate possibility. Gurman makes it clear that such as device wouldn’t come until 2023 at the earliest, as next year’s lineup is likely already set at this point.
Gurman also says that it’s possible that we never see a larger device come out of the R&D efforts he’s reporting on. We all know how that goes. Just because we hear from a reliable source that Apple is looking into a device or product category, patents are filed or approved, or prototypes even make it all the way to the overseas supply chains, there are no guarantees until Tim Cook hits the stage and starts talking about a new device.
However, just the fact that a person as well-connected as Mark Gurman is reporting on this means something. These comments are nothing more than a brief glimpse into Apple’s R&D process and one possibility they see for a future iPad Pro or Pros. But that alone is still significant.
Just the fact that Apple has considered the possibilities of larger iPad Pros enough to put time and effort into them is good to know. It tells me there are people inside Apple Park who see the iPad Pro the same way that many of us do. Even in this limited context, I think this is still good news for iPad power users. Now we just need them to follow through and make this possibility a reality.
What do you think about a potential 14″ or 16″ iPad Pro? Do you love the idea, or think it would be completely useless? Let me know in the Comments section below, or on Twitter @iPadInsightBlog.