Mac Rumors has today reports on a story that Apple may be in the process of producing a larger 12.9-inch iPad, effectively an iPad Pro model, for release in early 2014. According to the report, an official at a Korean Apple display supplier has spoken to The Korean Times and stated that a larger form factor iPad featuring a near ultra HD display will make its debut next year.

The quote reads as follows:

““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 at a local Apple supplier in Korea told The Korea Times by telephone Tuesday. 

…“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,” said the official.”

Apple iPad Pro with 12.9-inch display

For some time now we’ve heard numerous whispers about Apple’s ongoing testing of alternative screen sizes for their iPad lineup. A larger form iPad may seem a tad unwieldy to some and would make Apple a first mover in an entirely new consumer Tablet segment. To date, the majority of manufacturers have chosen to focus their efforts on 7 – 10-inch slates, could a 12.9-inch tablet (effectively the size of a notebook display), be a suitable replacement for a laptop or desktop machine? At present this story remains conjecture but we will wait and see how this develops in the coming months, what would you think of an iPad Pro?

Last month Apple unveiled the new iPad Air, which is thinner, lighter and faster than the previous generation. Check out our full review video below:

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