iPad Pro rumors continue: as thin as iPhone 6, sport extra speakers

iPad Pro rumors continue: as thin as iPhone 6, sport extra speakers
It is almost like picking pedals off a flower, “they will build it, they will build it not,” such as the rumors about what, or if, Apple is making a tablet larger than the current banner bearing iPad Air 2.

The rumors of a new tablet have been circulating for well over a year at this point, as have reports that Apple has put any such ideas of a bigger iPad, presumably called the iPad Pro, on the back burner. Well, the rumors are flaring up again.

Japanese blog, Macotakara, which has covered previous Apple news with some accuracy in the past, is citing sources that indicate Apple is indeed working on a tablet to compete with Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, which has been enjoying much wider success than its forerunners.

Unlike previous rumors, which indicated an iPad Pro with a 12.9-inch display, the latest word is saying a 12.2-inch display, on a chassis that is as thin as the current crop of iPhone 6 smartphones. The design language may not share so much with the smaller iPad siblings, the iSight front facing camera may resemble the set up seen on a MacBook Air, and the TouchID sensor may not be inlaid in a recessed home button. The divergence with the iPad Air 2 may continue with a pair of front facing stereo speakers and dual-array microphones.

Of course, the rumors have been swinging different directions off-and-on all year, so we are taking this news with a grain of salt.  However, if Apple were going to position a tablet against the Surface Pro 3, it would need to be less like an iPad Air 2, and at a minimum a change in the iOS user experience to make proper use of all that screen space, something that would appeal to the business and student clientele of the Surface and current 2-in-1 devices.  The new rumors gave a nine month window in 2015 (first three quarters) for a release. By then, it is a certainty that Microsoft and Samsung will have new generations of their tablets in the stores.

via: AppleInsider



1. mikeyunsal

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 02, 2014

wow! nice move apple. good...

2. abhishek2201

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

Things Apple needs to do to make iPad Pro a worthy product: 1. Run a desktop OS primarily, a touch based version of OS X Yosemite for starters with a mobile mode to switch to iOS 8. Overall the two operating systems need to be integrated even closer. iOS X if you call it. 2. The hardware needs to be on Broadwell series or if they can come up with an equally powerful A series processor. 3/4 GB Ram packed in at minimum. 3. The device should have wirelessly connectable Mouse and Keyboard available for use in the desktop mode. The OS should be able to detect when a mouse is connected in range and give options to switch between OS X and iOS. 4. Bump up to a 300 PPI Retina display at least. 5. 12 hour battery life.

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

That would be cool, but "as thin as iPhone 6" doesn't sound promising.

14. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

What is that comment suppose to mean? You do realize the original iPad Air and mini are the similiar thinness as the iPhone 6 plus. The iPad Air 2 is even thinner. When was the last time you heard anyone complain about battery life on an iPad. With the pro being between 12 and 13 inches, battery will not be a problem. If your talking about bending, why have you not heard anyone say the original air bent? Let it go dude!

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Great post, that bend crap is soon played out and tired. YouTube is full of other phones and tablets bending, but hey it's Apple. The king is held to a higher standard.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

For what they cost they should be.

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

In other words, they should make it a tablet/ultrabook hybrid to compete with Windows 8.1 machines. Or if it releases late next year maybe even Windows 10

24. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

This is exactly what I want from Apple, I want it to be a hybrid, not the main input to be wireless keyboard & mouse. Automatically boot into osx when docked, have the docking keyboard have an additional large battery and maybe more storage. When using as a tablet alone have it in a more powerful version of ios to take advantage of the new specs and screen real estate. I'd buy day 1 if they released a hybrid and it had osx on it.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31328; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If they do none of that, it'll still sell 30-50 million, be a great tablet . Isn't that worthy?

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

you're not gonna get that kind of battery life on a tablet ever. May as well get a Windows PC/laptop

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

It Better run OS X or it will be doomed like Windows RT machines (OK I get that RT store had very VERY limited app support but still)

17. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

No it wont run OSX I can tell you that 100% which isnt optimized for touch screen at all, it would take them years to change OSX and make it TOUCH friendly. It might run an iOS version thats modified to have proper multi tasking and thats all.

20. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Who knows what they've been doing these past years? Maybe prepping that touch friendly OS X or whatever iOS OS X combination. I doubt that, but that would rise it on the level of other hybrids.

6. ChrisK_5434

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Wait, didn't everybody say the Note PRO 12.2 was too large? I guess not since they are following again.

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Definitely good news when it comes to money, Cha-Ching$$

8. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

If Apple keeps on producing more thin products, then I'm not buying their products. This thinness has compromised build and battery life. I appreciate on what they have done on the iPad 4. Great overall build and a great battery, actually the biggest battery in all iPads.

13. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

I have to agree...its seems like a futile race now...who can produce the thinnest smartphone and tablet. While everyone wants a great build with good design, and power.

15. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Yeah , but the original air has the same battery life and much lighter which is very important in a tablet. I'm sure the Air 2 will have the same battery when they finish optimizing the iOS 8. Sure they all could have more, but who was complaining about battery life on the iPad?

22. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

no one becuse who uses thier ipad when they have their iphone? and i garuntee it's always on the charger anyway.

16. Jack58221

Posts: 157; Member since: Feb 23, 2013

I agree.. I'd rather twice the thickness and weight if it means stronger and 3 times the battery life or so.

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

As very satisfied iPad Air user I would buy Pro as soon as it hits the shelves. But price must be right, I hope it'll be lower than Surface's.

10. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Apple will re-invent the Hybrid Computers, If Apple makes a hybrid tablet with elements from both IOS and OSX then they have good chances of competing agains Microsoft Surfaces. The next Generation tablet battles will be given agains Apple and Microsoft.. I simply don't see Google being able to compete with them because Chrome doesn't have the power of OSX or Windows even if you combine it with some Android elements. I think the next Generation hybrid tablets will bring the end of android in tablet Business

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I highly disagree on the "Apple will re-invent the Hybrid Computers" part, but you're 100% right on that this hybrid PC battle will be between MS and Apple. Google has nothing to into the battle with. Even Ubuntu would have better chances in that department since they have a very capable OS both for PC and mobile.

12. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

I don't see a convertible from Apple in the near future...because then this would break the "continuity" bandwagon that just rolled out. Unless they want to sell less Macbook Airs. On another note...they have been ignoring the MacBook Air (no retina and all), so I see some hope for this.

21. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

MacPad tablet PC running OS X, probably. A tablet that could dual boot iOS and OS X or somewhat combine the two might hurt MacBook and IPad sales.

23. nathan.carter

Posts: 416; Member since: Aug 11, 2014

Or they'll combine both and charge you for both products on one item. 1300+700=2000......eh....sounds about right.

27. zaidalrawi80

Posts: 21; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Could be a hybrid running OS X and IOS! it's good idea though.

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