If you’re someone who loves the idea of an iPad but thinks even the iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) is still too small, Apple may have a solution in the works as a new leak suggests the company is working on a gigantic 16 inch iPad.
This is according to the information (opens in new tab) (through phone arena (opens in new tab)), who spoke to “a person familiar with the project,” and this new larger model will apparently go on sale in the later months of 2023.
Apparently, the plan is to make the iPad even more laptop-like, with that 16-inch screen matching the size of Apple’s biggest laptop: the 16-inch MacBook Pro (2021).
That extra screen space would have obvious benefits: more space for split-screen windows and, among other things, a bigger screen for drawing with the Apple Pencil.
That said, if Apple really wants to make an iPad that feels more like a laptop, there’s still work to do on the software side, as in our iPad Pro 2022 review we found the Stage Manager’s new multitasking feature to be a bit under-baked and that iPadOS as a whole has workflow issues that prevent it from facilitating serious productivity.
Either way, that larger screen size will, of course, come at a cost – literally. While the report doesn’t mention a price, the iPad Pro 12.9 (2022) starts at $1,099 / £1,249 / AU$1,899, so a 16-inch Pro model would likely be significantly more expensive.
That said, the report doesn’t really say whether this monstrous slate would be part of the Pro lineup, but we can’t imagine it would be a budget model, so presumably it will be an iPad Pro or a new super premium slate. Maybe an iPad Pro Max or an iPad Ultra?
As always, we’d take this leak with a pinch of salt, but Apple has clearly been trying to fill the gap with its laptops for some time now, so it’s credible that a larger iPad is in the works to further that goal.
Analysis: This isn’t the first time a larger iPad has been leaked
While this is the first we’ve heard specifically of a 16-inch iPad, there are already previous leaks suggesting we might see an iPad larger than 12.9-inches.
Mark Gurman – who has a very solid track record of Apple information – claimed in 2021 that larger iPads were being developed and then claimed that we could see a 15-inch model. More recently, we heard from another source that a 14.1-inch model was in the works.
With multiple sources pointing to larger iPads, it seems very likely that at least one is on the way. But which of those sizes it will be – or whether we’ll see multiple new sizes vying to be among the best iPads – is unclear.