12.9″ iPad a Likely No-Show at Apple March 9 Event

Apple's launch of a larger, 12.9-inch iPad -- which would most likely target enterprise users -- appears to be delayed until later this year. That means fans are unlikely to get a sneak peek at an updated iPad at a special media event Apple has scheduled to take place Monday in San Francisco.

The current family of iPads include the iPad mini, iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3, all of which sport a 7.9-inch screen, and the 9.7-inch iPad Air and iPad Air 2. Industry observers have predicted that a larger iPad aimed more at business users could help Apple revitalize sales, which have flagged in the wake of its launch of larger-screen phones such as the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus last year.

Several news sources are reporting that Apple will likely not release a larger iPad until sometime later this year, possibly in September. In the meantime, the Cupertino, California-based company is reportedly seeking samples of various display technologies for the new device from a number of its suppliers.

Oxide LCD Panels Likely

Apple has been exploring different options for the new device's display panel, according to a report Thursday in DigiTimes. It cites panel supply chain sources who said the company has now decided to go with an oxide LCD panel over other options such as a-Si or TFT LCD.

The article further noted that Sharp was expected to be Apple's choice for the main supplier "due to its advantages in the market for oxide production." LG is likely to be its backup choice to ensure reliable supplies of the new device. Mass production could begin in July and August, the report added.

While no official details on the larger iPad are yet being released by Apple, The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday reported that the new device...

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