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Apple To Pass on 'iPad Pro': Report

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Apple (AAPL) is unlikely to follow Samsung's lead and launch a Pro line of tablets, according to a published media report

DigiTimes, which admittedly has a spotty track record when it comes to Apple rumors, reports that Apple has decided to pass on the rumored 12.9-inch version of the iPad, apparently dubbed the iPad Pro. In January at the Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung announced two Pro tablets, the Galaxy Tab Pro tablet, which will come in 3 sizes, and the Note Pro, which only has a 12.2-inch screen. Samsung's Pro tablets run on Google's (GOOG) Android operating system.

DigiTimes described the rationale for scrapping the larger tablet as "lack of support from related platform developers and ecosystems," as it pertains to other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

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.

Samsung has pushed hard in the marketplace with its Galaxy Tab Pro and Note Pro tablets, albeit with very limited success. DigiTimes noted that the tablets, which are geared towards the enterprise market, are not enterprise friendly, with the business apps seen as "inferior" compared to those on PCs. In addition, the new user interface is exceedingly different than the typical Android one. As such, Digitimes Research expects Samsung will only ship around 1 million units of its new 12.2-inch tablet. 

In recent months, Apple has been rumored to be working on the "pro" version of its popular iPad, though nothing has been confirmed. Apple is reportedly working on a device that would combine the iPad's consumer appeal with the creative strengths of it MacBook lineup. The screen would be 12.9-inches in size, and cater towards the enterprise market as well. It would also offer 4K video support.

Apple could not be immediately reached for comment for this article.

Shares of Apple were lower in Friday trading, off 0.85% to $526.12. -- Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York

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