Apple iPad Pro manufacturing mold appears, hinting at a larger tablet

We recently saw leaked schematics of the upcoming 12" iPad Pro or Plus slate from Apple that is expected to be unveiled in the spring, and now its alleged manufacturing mold is running for cover somewhere down the rabbit hole of the Foxconn factories agglomerate.

While nothing firm can really be concluded about the exact thickness from this mold, it is somewhat evident that it will be quite a bit bigger than the current 9.7" iPad Air 2, for instance. Still, we can again see a thin, machined aluminum device, with the general shape and form you would expect from the renowned iPad line of tablets. The sources before pegged the slate's thickness at between 6.9-7.5mm, which is a pretty good achievement, and also confirmed the speculated four built-in speakers.

So far, the rumored specs are for a 12.2" or a 12.9" ultra high-res display, and a souped-up Apple A8 chipset, but the biggest difference might be in the software department. Remember the rumors that iPad Air 2 will feature a split-screen functionality? Well, these didn't materialize for Apple's mainstream tablet edition last year, so it might have been preserved for the more professionally oriented iPad Pro/Plus, or whatever the team from Cupertino decides to name it in the spring, when it is expected to be announced.

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1. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

12 inch 16:9 iPad with OS X and I am in! (Even though I know that's never happening).

2. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Keep dreaming. OSX isn't optimized for touch and when I say optimized I mean user interface and everything needs to be changed to be easily used with fingers. And that will take s**t loads of time to be done.

7. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

Which is why I acknowledged in my comment that such a device will never see the light of day.

3. Nebice

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

hmm will it be 1,2,or 3000$? xD

4. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

wow looks like a regular ipad, just bigger -_-

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yep and I bet it works the exact same way. A bigger display, no split screen capability because it would mean copying Samsung yet again and likely getting sued. lol. There really is no point in making the iPad unless they do the following things to it. 1 - MUST HAVE DUAL SPEAKERS. 2 - 32GB is the minimum internal storage 3 - The resolution is a standard one like 2560x1440 as an example. 4 - must be able to use more than one app on the screen. 5 - needs a stylus. Preferably WACOM, but that means licensing and Apple hates to license anything from another OEM.

8. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

Most of those features cannot be found in the nexus 9, which is the ideal android tablet. Your point?

6. sonisoe

Posts: 440; Member since: May 06, 2009

what if its a macbook (air) ? the new intel M revolutionizes laptop design 'coz it's low power hence an internal isnt required in a laptop to keep it cool... regardless, why would anyone want a 12-inch ipad is beyond me, i mean iOS isnt a full productivity os like OSX or windows...

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