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    Aug 28, 2014

    12.9-inch iPad set for 2015 debut?


    APPLE'S suppliers are preparing to manufacture the company's largest iPad, with production scheduled to commence by the first quarter of next year, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

    The new iPad will have a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally, said the sources, who asked not to be identified because the details have not been made public.

    Apple currently produces iPads with 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch displays.

    The Cupertino, California-based company has been working with suppliers for at least a year to develop a new range of larger touchscreen devices, said the sources.

    Apple spokesman Trudy Muller declined to comment.

    Apple's suppliers recently started manufacturing an updated 9.7-inch screen iPad, and were also set to begin production of a new version of the iPad mini, people familiar with the plans have said, with the devices set to be available later this year in time for the holiday season.

    Apple is also increasing the screen size of the iPhone, people with knowledge of the plans have said. The company is holding an event on Sept 9 to debut the bigger-display iPhones, the sources said.

    The iPhones are rumoured to come in two models: one with a 4.7-inch screen and the other with a 5.5-inch screen.