By Alexandra Burlacu | Oct 15, 2013 10:55 AM EDT
Despite earlier rumors that Apple may launch a larger, 12.9-inch iPad in 2014, one analyst believes the next-generation iPad would sport a higher resolution instead.
In a recent research note, well-known KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that instead of the purported 12.9-inch iPad 6 Apple may release a new 9.7-inch tablet with a pixel density of up to 30-40% higher than the one found on both the current and upcoming iPad 5.
"Contrary to speculation that next year's iPad next year may come in a 12" form, or larger, we think it will not change from the current 9.7" format as we think a 12" iPad would not provide a good mobility experience given today's technology limitations," said the analyst, according to MacRumors.
"In light [of] advancing Oxide and a-Si technologies, the PPI of iPad 6, which we expect to come out at end-2014, will exceed that of 2013's iPad 5 by 30-40%, which will offer more competent visuals."
Kuo reportedly mentions the third-generation iPad Mini as well in his new research note. While the iPad 5 and iPad Mini 2 are expected to make their debut this year, the iPad Mini 3 is expected to launch next year, alongside the higher-resolution iPad 6.
The same analyst reiterated his belief that Apple will introduce the second-generation iPad Mini at its press event scheduled for later this month. The iPad Mini 2 is widely expected to boast the company's "resolutionary" Retina display, but Apple has not confirmed it yet. The 2014 iPad Mini 3, meanwhile, would keep the iPad Mini 2's Retina display, with no further changes in terms of resolution.
Apple has a media event set for next week, on Oct. 22, where the company is expected to take the wraps off its new iPad 5 and second-generation iPad Mini, as well as show off the Mac Pro, Mavericks and other Apple products.
The company has not officially confirmed its plans at this point, but with Oct. 22 just around the corner more information will soon become available. In the meantime, take all leaks, rumors and speculation with a healthy dose of skepticism.
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