iPad pro concept (Ramotion, Top view)

So, is there a room for a new-category device, something between the tablet and the notebook? If you ask rumormongers, apparently there is.

Those of you who’ve been keeping tabs on the rumor mill are aware that Apple may or may not release a rumored 12.9-inch iPad this year – the latest intel points to a 2014 launch.

Maybe that’s why we’re not seeing compelling iPad Pro concepts, except for this one, but that has changed today thanks to Ramotion, an iPhone app development company. You may remember Ramotion for their previous eye candy concepts such as the OS X 11 mockup with an iOS 7-style flat interface or this one envisioning what Viber’s iOS 7 redesign should look like.

Ramotion’s Denis Pakhaliuk, was kind enough to send a couple high-resolution iPad Pro renderings my way, to share them with you guys. Their mockup will knock you off your seat so check out the images below the fold and meet us in comments…

Built as the intersection of two product lines – the iPad Air and the MacBook Pro – Ramotion’s iPad Pro vision builds on talk of a larger 12.9-inch screen with more pixels than the 2,048-by1,536 pixel resolution Retina screen on the current full-size iPads.

The device is basically about a “large screen and powerful hardware along with the convenience of the tablet form factor to make work delightful,” as Ramotion put it. The mockup calls for a 12.9-inch ultra sharp screen sporting a 4K resolution of 4,096-by-3,072 pixels – that’s four times the pixels of the iPad Air’s screen.

Not only does this mean a bigger canvas for your apps and content, but also better multitasking with side-by-side apps. The 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab Pro tablets support this feature and Samsung is happy to advertise it as a competitive advantage over the iPad.

iPad pro concept (Ramotion, Multitasking view)

Despite the bigger form factor, the iPad Pro should retain Jony Ive striking industrial design and proportional elegance of the current iPad family, as the below image illustrates.

The holes?

They’re for the speaker. Actually, there’s a speaker in each corner of the device. Such a setup would theoretically allow for some interesting software features. For starters, Apple could simulate surround sound positioning by independently adjusting the volume of each speaker.

“Imagine that you are banging a drum in GarageBand on the corner on the screen and you hear the sound from this particular corner,” says the post.

iPad pro concept (Ramotion, dynamics white background)

And what’s this? Say hello to MagSafe, Apple’s magnetically attached power connector introduced on January 10, 2006, in conjunction with the MacBook Pro. I’m loving a LED indication of charge!

For what it’s worth, I don’t think there’s a reason to opt for MagSafe charging when Apple has just transitioned its mobile products to Lightning I/O.

iPad pro concept (Ramotion, MagSafe)

Apple’s in-ear headphones have undergone some rethinking, too (below). The wires should be virtually unbreakable thanks to the new monolithic design of all the components.

iPad pro concept (Ramotion, USB headphones)

“The unique iPad Pro coating case makes it resistant to mechanical damage,” writes Ramotion. I know what you must be thinking right now, ‘where did the iSight camera go’, right?

iPad pro concept (Ramotion, camera back view)

In a truly radical fashion, Ramotion’s designers think Apple could conceal the eight-megapixel camera inside the Apple logo in the center, which would be ideal for taking pictures in any orientation. “Special coating allows light to penetrate on one side only and has no effect on the quality of your photos,” reads the description.

iPad pro concept (Ramotion, camera Apple logo)

For those wondering, Ramotion’s iPad Pro is 11.8 inches wide, 7.9 inches tall and 0.3 inch deep versus the iPad Air which measures 9.4 x 6.6 x 0.29 inches. Surprisingly enough, Ramotion’s artists think the iPad Pro will run two 64-bit A7 processors whereas all the rumors point to an upcoming Apple-designed A8 chip.

The full set is available on Behance.

In order to really appreciate these painstakingly detailed renderings, I suggest zooming in on the images included in this article as they go beyond Retina!

You’re welcome.

  • Anthony Snyder

    Woah, incredibly awesome but i don’t think “coating” can stop anything from mechanical damage or allow 100% light to pass through…

    • Chun-Li aka ThunderThighs

      It’s Apple. They’ll find a way 😉

    • Micaiah Martin

      maybe in 2020… 😀

  • Maxim∑

    I just hope iOS 8 focuses on iPad a bit more

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    If this was real, I’d say take my money right now!

  • johnnytalks

    Personally would love MagSafe charging for all mobile devices. Looks great to me.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      No thanks. First the 30 pin, then Lightning and now MagSafe? Apple is going to start looking like they’re desperate for more and more money if they keep continually changing their charging adaptors. Nothing is wrong with Lightning so Apple so just stick with it IMO…

      • It’s the first time they’ve changed the charger in more than 10 years. Did you complain when all the other smartphones went from mini usb to micro usb?

  • J. Rockwell

    Man that thing is sexy!!!!!!

  • Avery Massenburg

    Love the stereo speaker layout.
    I had a similar idea for multitasking, but this looks so much better than I imagined it. If only it were true.

  • Great design, but if it’s still running a totally bastardized OS (as depicted), won’t have any interest in it over today’s iPads (which I never was interested in)…

    • Rowan09

      I agree. If it’s a Pro version it should be like the Surface Pro.

  • Martin

    10/10 would buy.

  • Matt

    Everything is perfect …. Exempt the OS. I love the iPad and everything except dang how I hate the way ios looks on it.

  • Pato_

    Idk about jaw-dropping, not that unreal!!!

  • Donovan

    Not a fan of iPad’s (tablets actually) but this would be amazing. The little headphone/cable tweak is very useful and the camera, I want that. Amazing.
    (In the pic you’ll see why I like that cable tweak.)

  • Jonathan

    The new Jony Ive?

    • Jeffrey

      lol are you for real? this guy just copied the ipad air’s design, enlarged it and added some unneeded stuff…

    • Guest

      Jony Ive…he just does the same design year after year. Boringggggg

  • deepdvd

    I like the camera near the edge. Anyway, I doubt they would change it.

    • So your finger sometimes gets in the way? I always hated that design. Plus it makes it more difficult to make a sphere photo as the pivot point is not in the center

      • deepdvd

        Good point. On the other hand, it’s really handy to have a flashlight on the edge to see under things. =]

  • derkunde

    the lightning cable is already magnetic and has contacts on the outside. makes sense to me, to have the iPhone secure to the plug, and the iPad lightning magsafe since a smaller ‘laptop’ would need weaker magsafe. I can dream..

    • Alex Blaha

      I don’t think the lightning cable is magnetic..? I think it just has two dents on the side which the device then has two things that sorta latch into them. Sorry for my lack of vocabulary.

      • derkunde

        It might not be magnetic, but it definitely sticks to magnets. Either way just a pipe dream, I can’t think of how they could have it charge, while not covering all the contacts for example.

  • Rot Kelfer

    HOLY. SHIT.

  • disqus_rAUUNylzWF

    But one thing is unclear to me, will they use OSX for this? If yes then this a real replacement for my laptop, I was thinking of waiting for a new model of Suface Pro 2 but if Apple releases it by next year I am willing to wait. I hope they add a storage option of 256GB or more.

    • There is a reason they are taking so long bring this iPad Pro out. Obviously it’s not because they are having a hard time figuring out how to do a larger screen. Maybe they are going to have a OSX/iOS. Something big is going to happen. Otherwise this would have been released.

      • BoardDWorld

        I am inclined to think you are correct, a hybrid of sorts.

      • disqus_rAUUNylzWF

        I hope so and I really wish they launch a hybrid tablet. I am not a tech-geek however since past few months I have been ardently reading reviews about tablets primarily hybrids, The only top-notch productive tablet currently available is Surface Pro 2, I was waiting for the release of Surface Pro 3 nonetheless after learning about Apple’s Ipad Pro I think I should wait a bit more and it will be amazing if they increase the storage space to 256 GB.

      • Surface pro 2 is a great device but for me I hate the aspect ratio. I want something in between that and iPad. iPad is too square. If you are in no rush. Wait, but expect that you will be waiting sometime in 2015 as rumors have pushed it back again and it’s no longer going to be released in 2014 (if the rumors are correct of course)

      • disqus_rAUUNylzWF

        Well if you don’t like OSX, do you not think that it will be better for someone like me who has used Windows all his life to go for a Surface Pro 3… Apple’s interface may intimidate me… 🙂

  • Kamil Tetido

    That camera placement is quite brilliant.

  • Shaz123786

    This is all I could think of

  • Shaz123786

    This is all I could think of…

  • Bi!gee

    Samsung Gone

  • blastingbigairs

    I’ve often wondered why Apple has always put the speakers on its devices as the lowest priority. The speakers on my iMac and iPad 3 are horrible, my 5s is decent, but if they were to step up the speakers like this concept, the world would rejoice.

    • KewlDewd

      Tiny speakers are never going to sound good and tablets are always going to have tiny speakers. It’s physics. Sure they’ve gotten better but they’re never going to sound good.

      • blastingbigairs

        The HTC One’s Boom Sound is amazing for the size, even that would be a 110% improvement over the typical Apple speakers. It can be, and has been done, Apple just needs to commit. Not holding my breathe though