iPad Maxi to extend appeal of Apple's tablet range
Peristent rumours of a bigger iPad, the so-called iPad maxi, with a near-13in screen, are likely to be true in my opinion. The iPad mini has been successful in broadening the appeal of Apple's tablet and is particularly valued by those, including me, who do not want to lug around a full-sized iPad.
For many, though, the iPad is a home device which replaces a bulky PC. Portability isn't an issue, but screen size is very important. For true PC replacement potential, a 13in screen is probably ideal. I could be tempted by such a large tablet as a device to use indoors and for occasional trips when I don't want to pack a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. I couldn't do without the mini in my day bag but I see the "maxi" as a useful additional tool.
When the original iPad was announced Steve Jobs poured cold water on the notion of a smaller device, citing finger size as the main objection. Curiously, he overlooked the fact that most people managed to work on the tiny iPhone with their existing, unsharpened fingers. Now we have the mini, a device that Jobs said would not work, and I believe we will soon have a maxi.
The iPad has revolutionised home computer usage, particularly among media consumers and older people who do nothing more than browse the web and manage emails. It is more intuitive than a "computer" and it is easy to see why it has become so successful. I now believe that a bigger-screen iPad would be in demand, thus broadening Apple's appeal and further depressing sales of PCs.