'King-sized' iPads tested

'King-sized' iPads tested

Apple testing ‘king-sized’ iPads: report

A ‘king-sized’ iPad device is reportedly being tested in Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturing plant FoxConn, Apple Insider is reporting, citing a Chinese media news site.

The iPad is about 11.4 inches or 12.9 inches and is in the ‘advanced stage’ of testing in time for a north American spring launch, the story from PadNews reportedly says.

The report is in line with a prediction from analyst Ben Reitzes of Barclays Capital who said in October that processor changes in Apple’s new iPhones would lead to notebook-sized iPads.

The large tablet would be more powerful and could become Apple’s second-largest revenue driver after the iPhone, Reitzes said.

Meanwhile, Apple’s latest patent filing indicates that it could be developing intelligent home automation technology that uses location data to control home appliances.

According to a report from Apple Insider, the automation uses a combination of the user’s mobile devices and location data.

The report explains the user could incorporate certain preset functions, such as turning lights on or temperature change, would turn on or off based on where the user was located.

For the original article from the Financial Review click here.