Analyst predicts Apple will transform notebook market with 12-inch hybrid ‘iPad Pro’ this fall

By Neil Hughes

As part of a series of predictions for 2014, Evercore Partners analyst Patrick Wang believes Apple will show a renewed focus on the enterprise market with a new 12-inch iPad hybrid, which he believes would fundamentally change the notebook PC landscape.

Wang made his prediction in a note to investors this week, a copy of which was provided to AppleInsider. He forecasts that a new iPad model with a larger 12-inch display, powered by an Apple-built next-generation “A8” processor will launch in the fall of 2014.

The analyst sees such a device shaking up the traditional, established notebook market — an industry that Apple rival Microsoft has been trying, but thus far largely failing, to overhaul with its own hybrid laptop-tablet devices running the Windows 8 platform.

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