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Apple's 13-inch iPad Pro: 4K in favor of Retina?

13 inches at 4K
13 inches at 4K

A report from Forbes indicates that resolution is another 'big plan' for Apple in 2014. Rumors from the Chinese site Pad News and Foxxcon point to a forthcoming “iPad Pro” that will give up retina in favor of 4K - 4,000 pixels on the longer side.

A report from Hamza Kahn at the News Tribe indicates that Foxxcon already has a 12.9-inch 2K iPad Pro prototype and that a 4K with a possible resolution of 4096 by 3072 is in the works. Already, the iPad Air has a retina display at 2K resolution (2048 by 1536).

Holding an iPad sporting a 4K display is a great candidate for “big” in Tim Cook’s terms, creating a wow factor that could help Apple favor investors and restart its growth curve. Apple's challenge would be to keep the 4K iPad thin like the new iPad Air.

Comparing all of the tablets on the market, there are two factors that make the iPad stand out. The first is that iOS 7 is just crisper and cooler-looking than Android or Windows. The second and most striking is the thinness of the iPad. Therefore, as Apple expands into the jumbo tablet form factor, it will be very important for Apple to keep it light and manageable.

Researchers at Duke University are working on a gigapixel camera to capture incredibly detailed images. Will a 4K display on a hand-held tablet qualify as something big that Apple’s “customers are going to love?”