What a 12.9-inch iPad looks like next to an iPad 4 and the MacBook Air

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Earlier this year, a report from a Korean news site claimed that Apple was looking at the possibility of launching a 12.9-inch iPad in early 2014. We called the story ‘crazy,’ as among other things, it called for the monstrous tablet to be named the ‘iPad maxi.’

Surprisingly, though, late last month the Wall Street Journal corroborated the report, saying it had it on good authority that Apple was really working on such a device. And on the off chance that it ever makes it to market, here’s what it could look like…

The folks over at MacRumors have commissioned CiccareseDesign to create renderings of what a 13-inch iPad might look like compared to the current iPad and iPad mini models, as well as the rumored fifth-generation iPad, and a 13-inch MacBook Air.

Here’s the 12.9-inch iPad next to a mini and a 4th gen iPad:

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And here it is next to a 13-inch MacBook Air:

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Now, there’s a lot of math behind this thing, but MacRumors says that the renderings are based on a display with a resolution of 2712 x 2048. That’s why you see an extra row of icons on the Home screen, and why it seems like there’s so much empty space.

While the renderings look great, the obvious question here is why on earth would Apple build such a large tablet? Isn’t the current 9.7-inch model plenty big—or even too big for folks that opt for the smaller 7.9-inch mini? Honestly, I don’t have an answer.

But if I had to guess, I’d say such a device would be geared toward the pro crowd—photographers, videographers, producers, etc. Never underestimate the value of more screen real estate when you’re doing things like showing photos and editing raw footage.

So will we ever see a 13-inch iPad? I don’t know. But if we do, I doubt it will be anytime soon. I agree with some of the chatter I’ve come across on Twitter that iOS, as it is now, would feel rather odd on a 12.9-inch display—as would its thousands of apps.

Steve Wozniak has been in line for the new iPad since Thursday !

While Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak could probably stroll into Apple’s HQ in Cupertino to pick himself up an iPad, he’s made it very clear that he’d rather join in on the excitement and wait in line. Wozniak was first in line for the iPhone 4S this fall.

This time around isn’t any different. Wozniak has joined other enthusiastic Apple fans to waitfor the new iPad to go on sale. It’s already hit the East Coast this morning, and will be available on the West Coast in about an hour.

Wozniak has been in line for the iPad since yesterday afternoon .

Whats Trending was able to get an interview with the Apple co-founder, who has never been camera shy. Woz admits that he wasn’t first in line, but that his wife was.

Woz played a key role in founding Apple and could probably obtain an iPad pretty easily if he wanted. However, Woz is a tech geek just like the rest of us, and loves to stand in line.

Woz and his wife are awaiting the new iPad’s launch at the Westfield Mall Apple store in Century City, Los Angeles with other brave Apple fans. Hey, maybe they’ll get Wozniak to sign their new iPad.

The new iPad Retina display is made by .. Samsung !?

In the months leading up to the unveiling of the new iPad, the rumor mill seemed pretty confident that the tablet would be getting a high resolution Retina display. But we weren’t quite sure who was going to be making them.

There was a lot of speculation regarding Sharp as a possible manufacturer. And the same with LG. But according to a new report from Bloomberg, the sole display-maker for the new iPad has been none other than Samsung…

That’s right, Samsung — the company currently involved in more than a dozen lawsuits around the globe with Apple over patent infringement. Hey Apple, if you don’t want Samsung stealing your ideas, stop having them build your products.

But from the sounds of things, Apple didn’t have much of a choice in the matter this time. Here’s an excerpt from the Bloomberg article:

“Achieving this high resolution without compromising on the power consumption and brightness and maintaing Apple’s quality standards are supposedly proving to be a challenge for LG Display and Sharp.”

With a resolution of 2048 x 1536, the iPad’s screen is the sharpest of any tablet on the market — by a fairly large margin. But given that Samsung is making the displays, it wouldn’t surprise us to see a similar one pop up in the next Galaxy Tab.

We’ve certainly heard the saying, “keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” But any closer, and Samsung would be in Apple’s R&D labs.