Apple reportedly prepping 12.9" iPad

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It would be Apple's (AAPL -0.4%) largest-ever iPad (current versions are 9.7" and 7.9"), and production is set to start early next year, reports Bloomberg. The move comes as sales for iPads have declined for two straight quarters, and suggests the company is going to go after enterprise customers where the larger device could replace the traditional laptop.

Apple, of course, has partnered with IBM, and Tim Cook has said part of the rationale behind the deal was to sell to corporations as a "catalyst for future iPad growth."

Previously: Apple/IBM deal wins praise; hardware impact debated