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Apple’s upcoming iPad Pro will feature a 12.2-inch display, and be nearly as thin as an iPhone 6 (6.9mm), according to a new report from Macotakara. Citing reliable sources, the Japanese outlet says the device will also contain stereo speakers, and a microphone, on both its top and bottom edges.

Additionally, the outlet claims that the design of the device is largely based on the iPad Air 2, and it has provided a rough sketch of the tablet, which you can see above. There’s not much to the illustration, but there does seem to be a row of what looks like speaker holes across the device’s top bezel.

The larger iPad has been bouncing around the Apple rumor mill for several months now, but this is the first time we’ve heard of the extra speakers and the 12.2-inch display—previous reports have pointed to 12.9-inch. Macotakara has certainly been wrong before, but it has a fairly solid track record.

It’s believed Apple wanted to launch the so-called iPad Pro this fall, but due to complexities in the project and resource demand for the new iPhones, it was forced to push it back until early 2015. The tablet is expected to focus on productivity, aiming at the Microsoft Surface Pro and similar devices.

[Macotakara]

  • Manuel Molina

    I like the sound of it, but Apple needs to kill this “thin” idea. Too many of them have low battery because of it.

    • So buy a portable battery then…

      My iPad Air 2 is so much more ergonomic and comfortable to hold than my iPad 3. I’d sacrifice battery life for ergonomics and comfort any day…

      • Just don’t sleep with it in bed or on your couch 🙂

      • Manuel Molina

        If you think about that, if my iPad or iPhone dies, than I use a portable battery, I run the risk of going through the number of chargers an iDevices battery can take before it begins to only charge at 80% of it’s life. So, in actuality, I would only be killing my iDevice in a shorter amount of time. I’d rather have something with better battery life and just a tad thick than something thin and can’t retain energy. The iPad’s run great battery life, but just recently, the iPhone 6 Plus received the best battery life. The 6 dies just as the 5S for me. I’m a heavy user and my 6 Plus gives me a day and a half. With the 5S, it gave me almost a day. The 6 gives me almost a day too.

      • Fair enough I just don’t want to hold a brick all day long in the name of battery life. At the end of the day you can always replace the iPhone / iPad if its battery gets low / stops working. My iPhone 5s wouldn’t charge for some reason and the incredibly nice people at the closest Apple Store to me replaced the entire handset no questions asked…

    • Mykeljon

      I don’t know why people keep claiming low battery power. iPhones and iPads match or exceed the capabilities of their competitors.

      • gittlopctbi

        Mine doesn’t. And there sure have been plenty of others posting on this blog with the same complaint. Guess you’re one of the lucky ones.

  • John

    Let the iPad Pro and iPhone 6S rumors begin!

  • TechLove

    😉

  • 1Mr_Styler

    If Steve Jobs were to come back, He’ll first cut off the iPhone 6 line and cancel the iPad Pro project… Apple is really changing to something else …

    • HiTop

      iPhone 6, (especially the Plus) is the most popular iPhone ever. You need to accept the fact that many people want larger screen sizes these days.

      • Ashish Maheshwari

        iPhone 6 is selling far more then iPhone 6 Plus.

      • HiTop

        But iPhone 6 is still larger than previous iterations and the masses are snatching them up. Add to that a potentially larger iPad (Plus) and even Steve Jobs would have to admit the people have spoken.

      • iPhone 6 Plus has not been available, that’s why.

    • Donato Bearint

      U have no idea what your talking about.

    • therealjjohnson

      If the iPhone still had an 3.5in screen apple would be lost. A business that does not change is one that won’t be profitable for too long.

      • iPhoner

        Like blackberry 😉

  • TechLove

    Every year’s timetable:
    Sept. To Oct. : new iPhone Craazze!
    Oct. to nov. : Jailbreaking hype!
    Nov. To Sept. : RUMORS BEGIN!!… XD

    • Osama Muhammed

      nov to sept ? HERP DERP

      • Next year…

      • Osama Muhammed

        i think he meant nov to december..

      • Nope, the rumor mill keeps spinning till the next version is unveiled…that’s iSheep cycle.

      • Mykeljon

        So why do you think that people who appreciate Apple products are sheep? Some like Apple, some like Android. It’s simply a matter of personal preference based on what your individual needs are. It’s the same as choosing between Honda and Toyota. There is nothing weird or deficient about preferring one over the other.

      • There’s a big difference between appreciating and mindlessly following, the latter is what I refer to as an iSheep. I appreciate some of Apple’s products, like my past 2 iPhones (3Gs and 4) and my current/last iPhone (4s).

      • Mykeljon

        Did you actually read my comment? Is everyone who expresses a brand preference a sheep? Is every Android fan a sheep? Is everyone who buys more than one Toyota a sheep? Or is it only people who buy Apple products that are sheep?

      • ishyg

        Some people fling the words “mindlessly following” thinking they knew what it meant. Like, people flock to the cheap Android phones too, because they’re cheap. Who are we to claim that people who bought Apple aren’t any different from people who bought Android? Just because something’s cheap, anyone who buys it does because it’s an informed purchase? I don’t think so. In fact, people who only views pure specs and/or cost are the most likely people who just follows along, because of numbers.

        So yeah, it cuts both ways. So I understand your frustration over people who comments about “sheeps” or whatever.

  • GuyWithTheThings

    Am I the only one that realizes that iPhone 6S sounds like iPhone Success? *Hint hint.*

    • Dani Hayes

      Yes.

  • Matt Taylor

    This with OSX and I may finally retire my iPad 3 – however, it would be nice if we could still run our iOS apps as well!

    • Christian Mejía

      Do you want windows 8? Because that’s how you get windows 8.

      • Don’t worry, Apple will soon follow along with an iOS/OS X hybrid.

      • I don’t think they will…

        Apple seems to think a desktop should be a desktop and a tablet a tablet and a phone a phone…

        Instead of making the OS the same on all devices I think Apple will instead focus more on continuity and hand off to get devices to play nicer together this way instead…

      • They definitely won’t want 1 product totally making their other products obsolete. They’ll come up with a way to protect their other product lines, so that this would just be something to add to your collection of devices…probably something like in the case of the iPad Mini 3 and iPad Air 2, where the differentiator is the processor speed, the screen anti-reflective coating, etc..

      • Right after they build touchscreen laptops and desktops.

      • Nothing stops them from just unlocking the file system of iOS and calling it a day for the iPad Pro form-factor. iOS and Mac OS X are just skins to the Unix OS…

      • Oh something is stopping them if they havn’t done it yet.

      • Matt Taylor

        You get a crappy Microsoft OS by putting OS X on an iPad?

      • ishyg

        What he meant is that you’d be at risk getting a crappy hybrid.

      • Chris

        Windows 8 was a mistake on desktops and laptops without touch screens, not tablets, OS X on an iPad would everything Microsoft couldn’t be with Windows.

      • Windows 8 was a mistake period.

      • Chris

        It’s not that bad, it’s my main OS for both work and home and once you figure out a good workflow using Metro is becomes very useful.

      • Dani Hayes

        Windows 8 is fine on touchscreens but it’s horrible with a point-and-click mouse.

      • I’d agree with you in a heart beat if it weren’t for Windows 8.1.1.

        Windows 8, just like Vista, was Microsoft attempting something new, but executing it poorly. Windows 8.1.1, just like Vista with SP1/SP2, is Microsoft learning from the complaints and providing a fix…but the damage has already been done and most aren’t giving any second chances. Windows 10, like Windows 7, would be Microsoft further refining that idea they had with Windows 8 and drastically improving on it with customer feedback.

    • Juline An

      my friend’s mother makes $77 /hr on the laptop . She has been fired from work for 8 months but last month her income was $19761 just working on the laptop for a few hours……http://›.ws/urownincome

  • n0ahcruz3

    If this runs OSX iOS hybrid.. Take my money. If its just iOS nevermind.

  • Hohoho, the refrigerator toaster is slowly becoming a reality, just like 7″ tablets and Phablets…

    • Buzz { Light:Year; }

      So true

    • TechLove

      I feel sad for ya Mr. D!ckhead. It was Steve against larger phones. Not the whole apple team.
      Morover, without even seeing the so called iPad Pro, you are soo sure it would be a refrigerator toaster?
      Wow *SLOW CLAPS*

      • Hahaha, poor TechCunt, such immense butthurt…go cry to your hypocritical herd master, maybe they’ll then teach you to learn from history instead of ignoramusly turning a blind eye to it.

    • I might be a but biased but I think Steve was right when he said what he said. With the technology Apple had when Steve was around iOS on larger screen devices would have been a disaster. Since then iOS has changed an awful lot though to be more display / resolution independent for example the flat look of iOS 7 and 8 uses very little graphics and is mostly done in code whereas back in the days of before iOS 7 a lot of images were used that would have to be made from scratch or scaled up in order to work on different displays. If Steve were around today he probably wouldn’t have said what he said since iOS now runs great on larger screen devices and thanks to Reachability ease of use isn’t much of a problem either.

      • “With the technology Apple had when Steve was around iOS on larger screen devices would have been a disaster”

        Haha, that “disaster” was the iPad, which was unveiled in 2010, the same year Steve Jobs said that 7″ tablets are DOA (http://wrd cm/10Ivek7). Funny thing is, Tim Cook confirmed that in Oct 2012 (http://tcrn ch/1tt37Ap), then they unveiled the iPad mini in Nov 2012 (http://bit ly/1pfftfG).

        I think it’s all a hypocritical marketing strategy:

        – Build distaste in a new competitor category
        – Build your own product for that category while fans are spreading the distaste like mindless sheeps
        – Unveil your own product for that category
        – Advertise it like no one else and take over that market category

      • Well in regards to the iPad Mini I still think Apple doesn’t think it should exist but makes it anyway to satisfy demand. Isn’t the new iPad Mini basically the same as the previous generation but with TouchID?

    • Rowan09

      He was right 7 inch tablets are dead on arrival the mini is 8.9″. The guy isn’t a fortune telling to predict 5-6″ screens in a time when people wanted smaller devices.

  • asdlb4

    Any chance the “iPad Pro” and the “12” MacBook Air” will be the same thing? Just a thought.

  • George

    too bad the ipad is dead.

    • Uhm, if selling millions is your definition of dead, then I agree…

      • George

        I don’t see anyone jumping to buy the new ipad every year. it’s the same crap.

      • Chris

        As of October 23rd 170M iPad’s in total have been sold, that doesn’t include the new iPad Air 2 sales.

  • onesimpleclik

    The iPad Pro NEEDS to be running OSX Yosemite, or at least have some serious split screen multitasking going on in iOS. If Apple can’t provide either of these two, than it will be a complete waste of a product.

    • Juline An

      my friend’s mother makes $77 /hr on the laptop . She has been fired from work for 8 months but last month her income was $19761 just working on the laptop for a few hours……..http://›.ws/urownincome

      • onesimpleclik

        the only way your friend’s mother makes $77 /hr is by advertising her skanky ass on her corner.

  • Mykeljon

    I’m on drugs because we disagree. Interesting theory. I base my comments on battery life by direct comparison between my iPhone and a friend’s Samsung and with testing done by Consumer Reports magazine. As for the Samsung ad, when did they suddenly become an honest company?

    • Manuel Molina

      The ad is based on people complaining about their iPhones dying, and that’s why they made the ad from the gate. I’ve had the iPhone since the 3GS, and the 3GS and iphone 4 were the best batteries. The 4S, and 5 were horrible. The 5S was an almost a day battery phone. The 6 is a step-up and the 6 plus is a day and a half. It took Apple awhile to step up on battery life, but most people will agree on saying that they would choose a slightly thicker device if it was to make more room for a better battery that will last longer.