A user on the Chinese microblogging service Weibo has posted a photo that appears to depict a backplate of an obscenely large form-factor iPad.
The Weibo post was first spotted by French blog NowhereElse.fr [Google translate].
Unfortunately, the image does not show much more than an increased physical size (implying a larger display), as shown by the relative size of the Apple logo and camera hole. A cutout for the rear camera can be seen in the top-left corner, as is standard with current iPads. We should note that this would be very easily faked, so the validity of the picture is very much up in the air.
And even if the part is genuine, there are no guarantees that the iPad Pro will be hit the market just yet because Apple tends to test several designs before deciding on a final form factor.
Rumours of an iPad Pro have been swirling for a while, although the news has died down in recent months. Most notably, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was testing iPads with significantly larger screens in July 2013. However, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reiterated that the 12.9 inch iPad was still in the pipeline, as part of KGI Research’s predictions for the rest of the year. Kuo said the big iPad is unlikely to come out in 2014, however.
The concept of an iPad Pro still seems comical to think about, but this latest image from Weibo only adds fuel to the fire that it might actually be a real thing. 9to5Mac has previously reported that Apple is working on a two-apps-at-one-time mode for the iPad, which would synergize well with a larger-screened iPad device.
Therefore, an iPad Pro does remain a viable possibility.
If you are one of those who wish the iPad would get a little bigger, you might be getting that wish fulfilled soon. News is that Apple is on the way to launching the iPad Pro which would be larger than the 9.8 inch iPad Air tablet that was launched in November last year. After the iPad Mini series was launched, there was speculation that the company might go the other way and cater to those who want the tablet bigger to compensate for a laptop in every sense of the term.
Indeed, as is seen in this video, the iPad Pro is as sleek as it gets with a nearly thirteen inch display screen.
You can set it up as a laptop with a wireless mouse and a keypad and your laptop will soon be gathering dust in the cupboard shelves. Even in its larger version, the iPad Pro will easily fit into a junior school backpack.
The display screen of 12.9 inches would have UHD resolution display where images can be viewed at 3840×2160 pixels. That makes it at par with UHD TVs and the highest resolution tablet to be created as yet. But we may not see the iPad pro released in 2014.
There is a lot of buzz for a bigger iPad as there is a shift seen in screen sizes in all the gadget section. From the standard 4 inches smartphone we now see smartphones as big as 6.4 inches (Sony Xperia Z Ultra) and from 7 inch tablet we see tablets as huge as 12.2 inches (Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro). As per the latest information available it is very unlikely that iPad Pro will be revealed this year and also there are talks that we might see a delay in the launch of next iPad Mini. It seems that from next year we will be seeing three types of Screen sizes for iPad starting from 7.9 inches and then moving to standard 9.7 inches and the maximum would be 12.9 inches.
As per the News Reported in International Business Tech
“Compared with lower-margin iPad mini with Retina display, which shipments has been tepid, higher-margin iPad Air was a hot selling item in 4Q13, which will slow Apple in developing new iPad mini models. We believe Apple plans to launch upgraded iPad Air early this year, and will accelerate development of 12.9 inches iPad. As such, more resources will be allocated to these two products, which will affect the progress of the development of new iPad mini. All told, we think chances of the debut of a new iPad mini in 2H14 are slim. In addition, the 12.9 inches iPad is unlikely to be offered in 2014. For these reasons, we predict the only new iPad product in 2H14 will be the upgraded iPad Air.” Kuo said in his recent note to investors as cited by iDigitalTimes.
We all were expecting iPad Pro this year but it seems that the iPad Pro release date will be pushed to next year i.e 2015 due to production cost and design finalization. One of the reliable source of KGI Securities told to iDigital Times that
Compared with lower-margin iPad mini with Retina display, which shipments has been tepid, higher-margin iPad Air was a hot selling item in 4Q13, which will slow Apple in developing new iPad mini models. We believe Apple plans to launch upgraded iPad Air early this year, and will accelerate development of 12.9″ iPad. As such, more resources will be allocated to these two products, which will affect the progress of the development of new iPad mini. All told, we think chances of the debut of a new iPad mini in 2H14 are slim. In addition, the 12.9″ iPad is unlikely to be offered in 2014. For these reasons, we predict the only new iPad product in 2H14 will be the upgraded iPad Air.
There is a high possibility now that this time we will be seeing an upgraded iPad this year and most expected an iPad which is lighter or of similar weight but with fingerprint sensor. As far as iPad Pro rumor is concern it is expected that it will be having 2 displays one of 2K and another of 4K resolution.