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Giant iPad "Air Plus" design details leaked

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At this point, it can't really be said that it is a rumor that Apple is working on an extra large iPad. The rumors have been consistent enough that it is relatively certain that such a product is in the works; but, the details about the device are still mostly unknown. That may be changing with a new report about the larger tablet, which we had been calling the iPad Pro, but might actually be called the iPad Air Plus given the name of the larger iPhone.

Apparently, the January issue of the Japanese version of MacFan has published a leaked blueprint for Apple's larger iPad. The blueprint claims that the larger iPad will have dimensions of 305.31 x 220.8 x 7 mm (12 x 8.7 x .28 inches). For comparison, the 12.2-inch Samsung Galaxy Note/Tab Pro is 295.6 x 203.9 x 7.95 mm (11.6 x 8 x .31 inches), so the size of Apple's device would be big enough to house a 12.2-inch display and the iconic home button with TouchID fingerprint scanner. 

The report also mentions the A9 processor, but that could easily be considered an educated guess rather than being based on verifiable information. However, there is also a very interesting setup of "four built in speakers on each edge of case, in order to play stereo sound, even if iPad rotated" [sic]. That could be pretty cool. The real question, though, is whether Apple will be updating iOS to take advantage of the larger display. 

Giant iPad "Air Plus" design details leaked

source: Macotara via BGR

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posted on 28 Nov 2014, 21:26 8

1. magnanimus (Posts: 531; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Add a stylus to this and my money is yours Apple. Samsung doesn't seem to care about it's note tablet line up any longer

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 21:35 1

4. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The iPad Air Plus/Pro/whatever they decide to call it could be a compelling tablet. Unfortunately, I don't think Apple is ready to bridge the gap between Mac OS and iOS, which would be a requirement for this new tablet offering to be compelling. A large iPad Air is just a meh, IMO. If the Air + were to feature a touch-enabled Mac OS, that would probably spell the end of the MS Surface Pro. Fortunately for MS, that doesn't seem to be in the cards.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 21:35 15

5. LebronJamesFanboy (Posts: 165; Member since: 23 Mar 2013)


I had the latest note tablet and got rid of it due to severe lag. I have an iPad air 2 and it is by far the best tablet I've used.

I was hoping the nexus 9 would be great but nobody is raving about it.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 21:39 2

7. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Air 2 doesn't run Flash, which the MB Air does. There is a difference that has not been addressed by Apple. In the Apple universe, if you want to run Flash, you go with the MB Air (or other Mac OS offerings). If Flash is not important, then iOS options are open.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 23:22 9

15. Salazzi (Posts: 537; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


Flash is not important. Adobe stopped supporting that since ~2 years ago.

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 14:38 1

35. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


And yet approximately 50% of web sites still use flash….

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 16:03

42. stealthd (unregistered)


Lolwut. 50%? Not even. Probably >50% have mobile versions of their site. >50% have migrated away from Flash for sure.

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 00:30 9

21. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 413; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


NOBODY HAS CARED ABOUT FLASH FOR YEARS

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 14:39

36. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


See #35 above. Are you feeling defensive (screaming)?

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 02:09 2

23. adwienc (Posts: 136; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


Flash is already gone. Everybody now uses HTML5 and mobile OS'es are flawlessly running it.
I have original Air and it's fantastic but after iOS8 it started to need more ram and it lags sometimes. If there would be iPad like this rumoured, 12" and OS X I would buy it instantly if the price will be good.

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 09:26

27. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


If you really want flash that bad, go to the app store, a few browsers with flash support.

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 11:43

29. vladimir86 (Posts: 85; Member since: 15 Oct 2011)


Use Pufin web browser it's doing his job good

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 00:12 1

18. promise7 (Posts: 869; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Why not just buy it and buy a seperate stylus online? They're like a couple of dollars.

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 05:33 1

24. tadaa (Posts: 267; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


they're talking about an active stylus e.g. what the note offers with proper pressure sensitivity and palm rejection. not the $2 capacitive ones.

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:53

41. medicci37 (Posts: 1271; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


I just bought the new ipad. My first Apple product & I must say, so far I'm really missing Android. The controls are no where near as advanced as Android for 1 I can't even go back to the previous video I watched on YouTube! Everything I try to do takes so much longer & is very counter intuitive! Regardless of if you are a Android or ios user wish consumers would put more pressure on both companies to do a better job.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 21:30

2. Sreddy (unregistered)


it would be of no use to me, with that big screen, if there is no stylus. meanwhile, i wonder what microsoft is cooking!

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 00:11 2

17. promise7 (Posts: 869; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


you can buy a stylus online for like $2...

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 00:23 4

19. ferret101 (Posts: 21; Member since: 25 Aug 2014)


No one needs a dumb stylus which doesn't trigger any software applications. I hope you understand that

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 21:33

3. Gavst3r (Posts: 15; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


This could easily be the MacBook Air's replacement

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 21:36 2

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Not without addressing Mac OS' lack of touch/stylus support.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 21:47 1

8. Gavst3r (Posts: 15; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Mac OS/iOS Hybrid??

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 14:40

37. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Could be. However, to date, there has not been touch/stylus support in Mac OS.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 22:08 11

9. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


"Yay, an extra row of icons!"
-Said nobody ever...

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 22:28 11

10. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


But a new COLUMN is a whole different story.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 23:12 2

13. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Same number of icons, just more spacing.

see iPhone 6+

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 13:37

32. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


Yeah but will it have a 720p or a non 1080p resolution?

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 22:00

39. VHMP01 (banned) (Posts: 93; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)


But if Apple calls it 'Retina', even at 720p Applelogists will defend it like if it was 5k! Funny right?

posted on 30 Nov 2014, 11:00

40. HydrogenIsOne (Posts: 5; Member since: 30 Nov 2014)


Are you dumb? The resolution on the iPad is 1536p, far above 1080p. It's obvious that it is going to have a higher resolution than the current generation.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 22:50 6

11. BattleBrat (Posts: 1432; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I would rather pick up a surface pro 3, even if this has an iOS OSX hybrid os, I can do more with a real computer thanks.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 23:03 3

12. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Sigh. It'll just be another larger screened iPad with no productivity. Rather take the NotePro 12.2 anyday. Not to mention IF it's going to be called the iPad Pro with a 12.2" display, then Apple really can't come up with anything new. Sigh~

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 23:20 3

14. iBoss (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Nov 2012)


then It'd be more bendable than the regular ipad Air.
I just assume...

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 23:25

16. BigBoss10 (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Aug 2012)


2016 15" lol

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 00:27 5

20. greenelektron (Posts: 529; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Split screen + stylus might make me want to buy this. I have the ipad3 and i am not planning to upgrade this yet. Almost 3 yrs and this still rock.

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 02:02 5

22. RareCandy (banned) (Posts: 61; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


If tablet, then ipad :)

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 06:21

25. dspkblympkbl (Posts: 51; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Hey Apple, give me something portable I can play my facebook games in...ios does not do flash and I can't haul my computer everywhere

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 07:41

26. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)


There are plenty of Windows and Android tablets that do that.

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 09:29

28. mrblah (Posts: 576; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


facepalm

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 12:22 1

30. darkkjedii (Posts: 19807; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Flash is dead, try to troll harder, also try HTML5...

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 13:29

31. CreeDiddy (Posts: 607; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Crossing fingers for MacOSX convergence on this tablet rather iOS 8.2 (should be updated from 8.1.1) or just another iPad Air 2.

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 14:13

33. joey18 (Posts: 589; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


i'm iphone user 4 years recently upgrade to the 6plus apple need to work in the interface s pen and alot tricks make me boring the finger print is anointed is useless i dont see any difference between iphone 5s and splus just the screen i want to return my phone and wait iphone 7 and see better interface

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 14:16

34. joey18 (Posts: 589; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


the ipad 1 to the new one finger print is the same

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 17:01 1

38. darkkjedii (Posts: 19807; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


iPad 1,2,3,4, and Air 1 didn't have fingerprint sensor. Have you ever stopped to think that maybe Apple, and other phablet maker don't have an S-Pen because of cross license deal with Samsng? Some feature don't go to other devices, cuz they don't have permission to implement them.

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