Is Apple About to Go Too Far?

At the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF  ) unveiled a pair of enormous tablets. The TabPro and NotePro both feature 12.2-inch displays and are geared toward productivity. Samsung even went as far as to create a brand-new tablet-optimized interface called Magazine UX, a departure from its regular TouchWiz interface for Android. The new interface further de-emphasizes Google's presence on the device as well. Introducing a new core interface is always a risky proposition. Possible leaked pricing data also suggests that these new large tablets will be rather expensive.

Apple  (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) has been rumored to be testing a similarly large 12.9-inch tablet that's being referred to as the iPad Pro. Samsung's new tablets call into question the viability of such large form factors altogether. However, Apple does have some advantages in build quality and is known for making its devices the thinnest and lightest available. If Apple indeed goes for a 12.9-inch display, it might be going too far.

In this segment of Tech Teardown, Erin Kennedy discusses the prospects of an iPad Pro with Evan Niu, CFA, our tech and telecom bureau chief.

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  • Report this Comment On January 16, 2014, at 12:54 AM, SimchaStein wrote:

    Apple has 64Bit computing. A larger tablet is just a stepping stone to a PC replacement in a 5 to 10 year migration. And who cares if it succeeds in the first year. Remember Asia (all of it) has little invested the PC (or Mac) as platforms.

  • Report this Comment On January 16, 2014, at 1:42 AM, dwilh51183 wrote:

    EVAN NUI NEEDS TO BE FIRED. GIVE THIS CHUMP SOME OTHER DUTIES.ALL HE DOES IS CUT AAPL DOWN.I THINK AAPL KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING, BUT IN CASE YOU HAVE NOT NOTICED EVAN....APPLE IS THE LEADING TECH COMPANY AND THEIR SALES ARE SURGING , NOT SHRINKING AS YOU FEAR .WATCH FOR AAPL'S UPCOMING RECORD EARNINGS, THEN WATCH AS AAPL GOES MUCH HIGHER

  • Report this Comment On January 16, 2014, at 7:27 AM, coachtom4 wrote:

    dw...

    he actually owns aapl personally.

    http://my.fool.com/profile/TMFNewCow/info.aspx

  • Report this Comment On January 16, 2014, at 7:35 AM, jdmeck wrote:

    I agree. I hope Apple stays away from the larger tablets. Bad idea.

  • Report this Comment On January 16, 2014, at 11:56 AM, TMFNewCow wrote:

    Yes, AAPL is my largest holding and anyone that follows me realizes I'm extremely bullish on AAPL overall.

    -- Evan

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