Giant iPad "Air Plus" design details leaked

Giant iPad
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. 

source: Macotara via BGR



1. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 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

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

5. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 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.

7. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

15. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

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

35. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

42. stealthd unregistered

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

21. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011


36. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

23. adwienc

Posts: 136; Member since: Mar 26, 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.

27. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

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

29. vladimir86

Posts: 85; Member since: Oct 15, 2011

Use Pufin web browser it's doing his job good

18. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

24. tadaa

Posts: 267; Member since: Apr 18, 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.

41. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 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.

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!

17. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

19. ferret101

Posts: 21; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

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

3. Gavst3r unregistered

This could easily be the MacBook Air's replacement

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

8. Gavst3r unregistered

Mac OS/iOS Hybrid??

37. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

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

9. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

10. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

But a new COLUMN is a whole different story.

13. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Same number of icons, just more spacing. see iPhone 6+

32. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

39. VHMP01

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

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

40. HydrogenIsOne

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 30, 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.

11. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 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.

12. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 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~

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