When it comes to technology, it seems like the rumors never stop spinning, and this is especially true with brands like Apple. A new one appeared that has me scratching my head: the possibility of a 16-inch iPad. And to that, I only have one question: Really?
According to the rumour, we may see a possible 16-inch iPad as early as Q4 2023. Since this is usually when Apple releases major product updates with the iPhone Y iPad lineups, there may be some substance to this rumor. But I hope that’s not the case, because the idea of an iPad that big to me is just hilarious.
I’m pretty much on some kind of device all day, whether it’s my iPhone 14 Pro, pixel 727-inch iMac, 11-inch iPad Pro 2020, or M1 Macbook Pro. It would be hard to find myself on a screen of any kind (although I know it’s terrible for my eyes and joints).
I have small hands so even using my iPhone 14 Pro is exhausting, even though I have a PopSocket MagSafe to help me use it with one hand. Most of the day, I hold my iPhone or Android device, and after an extended period of time, I usually feel cramps in my hands or some kind of discomfort – my body tells me I need a break. And this is only with a small device like an iPhone! I know I am not the only one who can experience this.
Several years ago, I was given a iPad Pro 12.9-inchAnd while I can see the appeal to some people, I always thought it was just also great. I tend to use iPads more for reading and watching media, rather than working on them. With this use case in mind, I like to hold my iPad in my hands while on the couch to read the news or browse my social media. I used a keyboard case that also folds back, allowing me to use the iPad in portrait mode if I wanted to, which I did.
However, the 12.9-inch iPad is already very large, heavy, and exhausting to hold in bare hands. And now you tell me that Apple is considering a 16-inch iPad? I can only imagine how gigantic it would be!
So far, I’m only talking about a 16-inch iPad on its own. This is not even considering additional accessories, such as Magic Keyboard, Smart Keyboard Folio, apple pencil, a protective case or other things you may need for it. Once you add all that up, imagine how much heavier that 16-inch iPad would be and how unwieldy it would be to carry around, either alone or even in a bag.
According to the rumor, a 16-inch iPad would “further blur the line between iPad and MacBook,” something Apple has been doing with iPad OS 16particularly with the controversy that is Stage Manager. Also, a 16-inch iPad is better for creatives who could use even more of the screen. But of course, having more screen real estate won’t come cheap. I can only imagine how much an iPad that big would cost.
Yeah, I guess anyone who would be interested in a 16-inch iPad would be a creative graphic designer, artist, photographer, or video editor who would really benefit from more screen real estate. But would such a large iPad really be worth the extra cost, or would it be more beneficial to buy a 16-inch MacBook Pro then and there? Drawing on a laptop might not be ideal, but there are five other iPad sizes to choose from, so is a 16-inch screen really necessary?
And let’s be real here: the current iteration of iPadOS still doesn’t quite match what you can do on macOS. Apple’s M-series of chips still seems wasted due to the limitations of iPadOS, so you’d still be better off with a real MacBook. The only advantage of an iPad would be drawing with an Apple Pencil, but then again, you have five other iPad sizes in four different models to choose from.
Since the launch of the new iPads last week, the current iPad lineup is already in disarray. You have a new base model iPad that puts the camera on the side (so it’s more natural with selfies and video calls), but the new M2 iPad Pro still has the camera on top. And the base iPad finally uses USB-C, but you can only use the first-gen Apple Pencil with it, which needs a new horrible adapter to charge as it uses a lightning charging port.
If Apple added a 16-inch iPad to the lineup, would it replace the 12.9-inch iPad Pro? Or would Apple just get rid of the much more portable 11-inch iPad Pro, which has always seemed to be the ugly duckling of Pro devices? It’s complicated, and I honestly don’t see why we need a monster 16-inch iPad. My hands are already cramping just thinking about it, and so is my wallet.