In this photo illustration the rear of an Apple iPad is seen on Aug. 6, 2014 in London, England.
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August 27, 2014 3:05 AM EDT

In the midst of sluggish sales, Apple has been developing larger touch-screen devices in order to see off competition from rivals including Google and South Korean giant Samsung, according to reports.

The new 12.9-in. iPad will be launched in the spring, inside sources told Bloomberg, following the company’s release of a larger 4-in. iPhone next month.

Apple’s 10-in. and 7.9-in. tablets have been unable to maintain a stable consumer base because of the release of larger smartphones by largely Asia-based competitors.

The new iPad’s 12.9-in. screen would be comparable in size to the largest MacBook Air on the market.


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