Apple News And Rumors: Large-Screen 'iPad Pro' Rumored To Be Shown In Leaked Drawings
Rumors of an upcoming iPad model with a larger screen than the current Air line of tablets have been swirling around for a while now, but a new report claims to have some details about the specs of the tablet set to hit in mid-2015.
According to 9to5Mac, a Japanese Mac magazine published an alleged schematic for the large iPad model, commonly called the iPad Pro. According to the report, the larger tablet will include a 12.2-inch screen – 2.5 inches larger than the current iPad Air 2 – as well as better speakers and a new A9 processor, the next step up from the chip currently powering the iPhone 6 and the iPad Air 2.
The report also says that the name of this new iPad will be the iPad Air Plus, which would make more sense if Apple wants to be consistent with the branding it established with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
This larger tablet offering from Apple could arrive as soon as April 2015.
The concept of a new, larger iPad model is not new. Back in October, the Wall Street Journal reported that production of an iPad with a larger screen had been halted in order to free up resources for production of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which were (and, arguably, still are) experiencing supply issues and could not keep up with demand.
A little more than a month ago, Apple announced and released two new additions to its iPad line: the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3. Though the iPad Air 2 got a specs upgrade from its predecessor, the iPad Mini 3 was primarily just an iPad Mini 2 with Touch ID support. In addition to these new tablets, Apple is still selling the original iPad Air and the first and second generations of iPad Mini.