Leaked photo allegedly shows 12.9 inch Apple iPad Pro prototype

A leaked photograph out of China, shows what is allegedly a prototype of the 12.9 inch Apple iPad Pro. Late last year, there was talk about such a slate being built for the education market, as a replacement for textbooks. Later reports had Apple testing a version of the tablet with a 2K resolution screen, and one with a resolution of 4096 x 3072.

The prototype is made from aluminum, displays the Apple logo in the middle and the camera lens in the corner. Of course, we suggest that you take this with a grain of salt. At this stage, a 12.9 inch iPad is far from being a sure thing. The early buzz about the 12.9 inch iPad is that it will not be made for consumers and Apple will focus on selling it in the education market and in the enterprise.

In the meantime, you can take a look at the picture (use your cynical eye) below. Most of the reports we've passed along to you about the iPad Pro call for a release during the third or fourth quarter.

source: Weibo, NWE via IntoMobile

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17 Comments

1. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol it's portrait....has to be fake. I think they'd wise up and make it landscape at that size instead of just going their regular bullheaded way (really only an idiot would use that thing portrait unless their life was on the line).

2. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

The iPad is sooo lame.

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Nope. It is a very well rounded product with great tablet apps support. Although iOS itself needs some work on iPad.

3. PressStart

Posts: 119; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

In any size...

5. grahaman27

Posts: 364; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

I like big tablet and I cannot lie.

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The resolution is great for the size, far better than Samsung's 12.2" tablet. Of course, a giant tablet without a high resolution pen, well, not so interesting.

9. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Stop right there

10. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The tablet is probably not real. But higher resolution than a 4K television in a small portable 13" device would be pretty cool, IMO :)

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5692; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I agree that resolution would be great, even at 30" it would still look quite sharp But I don't think 4:3 would work well on a 13" tablet It would be far better if it was 16:10 or 16:9, so you could use the extra screen area to have two apps side by side, like on a full OS IMO a 16:10 or 16:9 would make the iPad much closer to a MacBook/ultrabook replacement

17. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I don't think the usage models of a notebook and a tablet are the same. Some of use want to use these big tablets for viewing/editing/marking up PDF files. Having the narrow wide screen is not good for this sort of task. Or any document-centric task where you want to use the entire screen for clear document display. Also, even in landscape mode, a 4:3 tablet is going to give you more vertical real estate than a 16:9 tablet. And for many things, being able to see more of the page vs. having to scroll is quite useful.

11. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Third-parties are out there with great stylus options

7. Jishnusur

Posts: 173; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

Not that far when we see Apple making 20 Inch tablets and people applauding for them..Sigh..

8. xoxoGeorges

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

iOS on that scale would be useless. A mac with a digitizer would be interesting though.

12. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

HOLY GUAC! That iPad looks HUGE

13. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Samsung wannabe.

14. gnppw

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

That looks like a metal cutting board.

15. Furbal unregistered

Replacement for books? You can buy a small library for the price that will probably go for(and the replacements for when its stolen/dropped).

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