Apple reportedly shelves plans for 12.85-inch iPad Pro

The iPad Pro may never become more than just another Apple rumor, according to a new report from DigiTimes claiming the company recently “shelved” plans for a rumored 12.85-inch tablet. The site said larger tablets are facing “difficulties because of lack of support from related platform developers and ecosystems.” The Chinese news site, which only has a so-so track record when it comes to breaking mobile news, goes on to detail alleged tablet plans from both Asus and Google.

Brand vendors have started showing interests in large-size tablets since early 2014. In addition to Apple’s rumored 12.85-inch tablet, Samsung Electronics has already launched a 12.2-inch Android-based enterprise tablet, while Asustek Computer is planning to release a 13.3-inch dual-OS tablet. However, most of the large-size tablet projects face difficulties because of lack of support from related platform developers and ecosystems. Apple has also been said to shelved its large-size tablet project. Meanwhile, Google has decided to push an 8.9-inch Nexus tablet for 2014, showing that the Internet giant is starting to shift its focus to larger-size applications.

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