Leaked case confirms existence of 12-inch Apple iPad Plus

Leaked case confirms existence of 12-inch Apple iPad Plus
Out of France comes the latest sign that Apple will soon introduce an Apple iPad with a 12-inch screen. A series of photographs were published showing what is allegedly a case for the larger screened iOS flavored tablet. The actual case was obtained from a Chinese company that produces accessories for the Apple iPad. A comparison shot showing the larger case and one for the Apple iPad Air 2 shows that both have the same placement for the volume, standby and camera buttons. When lined up, the leaked case would fit only a device carrying a 12-inch screen.

Previous rumors indicated that the larger screened iPad would have four speakers, two on top and two on bottom. This would easily explain why the case for the Apple iPad Air 2 looks different than the leaked case in those two areas.

The latest speculation has Apple continuing to use the naming scheme it first employed with its 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6 Plus. That would give the new table the moniker of Apple iPad Plus. In addition, connected Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo says that the tech titan will release an optional stylus during this year's second quarter, designed to work with the iPad Plus. Besides letting us know that Apple will be offering such an accessory, the analyst is also giving us a time frame as to when we might see the tablet released.

Considering that the second quarter of the year starts in April, could Apple be looking to unveil its 12-inch slate at the same time it launches the Apple Watch? The latter is expected to become available for wrists in certain regions starting in April.


source: NWE (translated) via BGR

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18 Comments

1. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Well if apple could the versatility of the surface pro in her, I don't see a problem.

3. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

This new iPad couldn't even scuff the Surface. Too many features and the added bonus of a Haswell processor.

7. Iodine

Posts: 1473; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Why not ? For example an A8X in a 444 g tablet is dangerously close to a full fledged Intel core in a 800g surface in terms of performance. When apple will clock the A8X higher, they may also have a next gen chip in there or even a 16nm next gen chip in there they will match or even exceed the performance of an surface 3 pro - the "added bonus of a haswell processor" doesn't even exists. What prevents them to overcome all surface adventages ? Nothing.

8. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

1st - ARM vs x86 . no matter how poerwfull the A8x (or a A9x) is it will never be abble to run OSx. 2nd - Is not that close to the SP3 i5 and the new Broadwell CPU are already here (a SP4 might come soon) And having a bigger size doesn't mean you can overclock it much more .. 3rd - take a look at the Samsung Pro 12 , fanless with a ARM chip and still it weights almost the same as the Surface Pro 3 . I doubt they can get below 650grm (more around 700grm) ..

16. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

brunopt, you sound like a Microsoft Saleman. How can you compare a laptop tablet with a giant Android 12.2 inch phone? Can Surface Pro 3 make a voice call to your girlfriend or mother? Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 can do that along with all the feature we expect from a LTE phone/tablet. Another example is having an built-in GPS which SP3 also lack. Gee!!

11. Phooey506

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

iOS is a proprietary mobile platform. Its usefulness will never come close to that of an x86/x64 platform. Even the more closed OSX and W8.1/W10 have endless more functionality than iOS. Let alone open source Linux/Unix/BSD distros. In fairness Android comes closer but still will never be as capable as x86/x64 neither. So yeah, Surface Pro over iPad all day. I use an Acer R7 as my work device.

13. hohoho

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

-1/10

14. MrET1

Posts: 110; Member since: Jan 29, 2015

They can't touch the Haswell, not even with the A9. And by the way what if they can? They will still ruin it with IOS which is no match for a fully functional version of Windows. Samsung's note pro 12.2 would even be a bigger deal for functionality.

15. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

An A8X comes close to an i3, but not by a long shot is it close to an i5, let alone an i7. Perhaps the A9 will come close, but seriously doubt it. And what prevents them to overcome surface advantages? The OS. While iOS is a very potent and smooth OS, you can't compare it to a full version of Windows. Especially not in the enterprise where iOS has serious issues when it comes to management, compatibility and software.

2. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Wonder how is it compare to MBA and if it runs Mac OS and price.

4. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I think iPads will probably never have Mac OS unless MacBook sales sharply decrease. As long as they can both coexist then Apple won't have a reason to add that to iPads.

6. dancheung77

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

True, but it will be fun if they do though:P For that matters, do people actually want a 12in iPad tho? The current MBA is at $900, so the iPad plus might be around $700? Wonder how's the pricing will be

5. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

kinda like how the cases confirmed the 'teardrop' iphone 5 way back in 2011? the case doesn't confirm anything.

9. SIGPRO

Posts: 2813; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple can't beat the Surface Pro 3 It's the best tablet!

12. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

It truly is.

10. TheHossein

Posts: 93; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

I hope Apple Do Something for iOS for this big tablet , For example some features that is useful for this size like multi window.

17. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

You know damn well they'll never offer such a useful feature in the debut model. They'll save that for the next model after the dupes are already wasted their money on the first one. Maybe they'll even save it for the third model. If they ever do...Apple isn't exactly on the forefront of innovation these says. They reject the future and rest on the laurels of the past.

18. TheHossein

Posts: 93; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

That's the problwm , let us just Hope ....

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