Apple Developing a 17-Watt Power Supply Suggests 13-Inch iPad May be Coming
Previously we have heard several rumors suggesting we might see a 13-Inch iPad sometime within Apple's next development cycle. This larger iPad had a dubious rumored name of Max iPad, but that seems unlikely. Regardless of the veracity of the name, the device seems more likely to be real if this newest report is any indication. Supposedly Apple has just developed a 17-watt power supply for an unknown device. At this wattage, the adapter needs more power than the current iPad (12 watts) but less power than the MacBook Air (45 watts). Deductive reasoning points toward a larger iPad as a distinct possibility. Here's a quote with more of the details,
Obviously, this conclusion could end up as something else entirely. Still, the logic is sound, so we err on the side of this rumor being true. What do you guys think, and would you like to see a larger iPad?
People familiar with the matter say Apple just recently began the process of procuring low-cost components for the new 17-watt adapter. And while the exact nature of its parent product remains somewhat of an unknown, at least one person familiar with adapter's design believes existing evidence points to be a portable product which could launch within the next 12 months.
It's also said that the new 17-watt adapter is not intended as an upgrade to an existing Apple product line, such as the anticipated fifth-generation iPad. That device is instead expected to ship with the same 12-watt adapter.