Rumor: Samsung and Apple Working on 12-Inch Tablets
August 18, 2013 | 9:00 am
By Hammad Saleem
We’ve seen rumors about Apple working on a larger, 12-inch tablet that might hit shelves by the end of this year. Very recently, a new report has emerged from Digitimes, suggesting that it’s not just Apple that has a larger tablet in the pipeline; Samsung is also developing its own 12-inch (or larger) tablet.
The tablet market is becoming quite competitive, so both of these giants may be looking to create a new niche for a larger screen tab. Digitimes sources close to supply chain vendors mentioned that both companies are looking for an area of the market that’s not especially saturated. However, this move could further affect the sales of notebook computers, which have been noticeably struggling during past months.
Sources from the upstream supply chain believe the vendors are trying to create a new market segment to get away from competition from small-size devices. However the moves could impact demand for conventional notebooks, the sources noted.
Global tablet market share has fallen by almost 9.7 percent to 45.1 million in the second quarter, and Apple mentioned a fall in the shipments of its tablets in the latest earnings call. The company’s shipments fell drastically from 19.5 million in the first quarter to 14.6 million in the second quarter.
Samsung is working more aggressively on building a 12-inch or larger tablet compared to Apple. This is due to the fact that Apple already has an 11- and a 13-inch Macbook Air in its lineup, both of which are quite popular. Samsung doesn’t have a tablet in a similar size.
There are no other details about the launch or other specifications about the tablet as of now. We’ll let you know as we have more information.
This post originally appeared on GadgeTell.