iPad Pro case mold NowhereElse 002

Aside from an alleged manufacturing mold and Ming-Chi Kuo’s prediction of a creative stylus accessory for Apple’s purported pro tablet, it’s been a few weeks now without a newsworthy iPad Pro rumor in sight. Courtesy of the French blog NowhereElse.fr on Thursday, we now have a better idea of the large form-factor iPad’s massiveness.

The publication has ostensibly managed to get hold of a manufacturing mold for an assumed iPad Pro protective case said to have been designed according to the genuine device dimensions. For context: rumors have mentioned two possible screen sizes for the iPad Pro, twelve inches and 12.9 inches. I’ve included the photo right after the break so check it out and feel free to chime in with your thoughts in comments.

Credited to a reliable source “with which I’ve worked for many years,” the photograph shows a mold that may or may not be for an iPad Pro protective case. At any rate, the source claims the mold is based on reliable device size data.

The form factor certainly appears massive!

As you can see for yourself, there are four cutouts at the top and bottom of the mold, seemingly in line with recent iPad Pro talk of enhanced speakers for stereo sound in any orientation.

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Other holes are in the right places, too.

You can clearly make out the cutouts for the rear-facing camera sensor, the headphone jack, the power/sleep button, the volume control buttons and the Lightning port.

The only mystery: that hole on the mold’s left side. Noting that iPad protective cases rarely, if ever, leave an opening for the SIM tray, author Steve Hemmerstoffer speculated that this may be an additional Lightning port for docking the tablet in landscape.

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Indeed: a double-dock original iPad prototype surfaced on eBay two years ago.

And back in 2010, Apple filed for a patent outlining a second port on the iPad’s left side, as shown above. With that in mind, we can at least speculate that the company has been researching a horizontal tablet docking solution.

I’m still wondering which moniker would be more appropriate for such a massive device, an “iPad Air Plus” or “iPad Pro,” If anything, the “Plus” nomenclature would fit Apple’s existing iPhone 6 naming scheme nicely.

So, what do you guys make of this?

Source: NowhereElse.fr (Google Translate)

  • Franklin Richards

    If this iPad Pro runs the same OS as the iOS on current iPads then it’s going to be horrible to use.

    • It’s also going to need a USB or Thunderbolt port if people are to take it seriously…

    • Maxim∑

      your comment makes no sense. Why would Apple make a different variant just to run the same OS when the Air 2 already is already overpowered?

      • Franklin Richards

        Overpowered? I was more on the lines of UI and usability. On an iPad with such a huge screen to play with, simply smacking the current iOS on it would be foolish.

    • Steven Code

      Probably the same iOS just different features and apps just like iPhone 6s

  • Fanboy 

    Impossible to put into perspective on “just how big it is” when they didnt take pictures next to any other iPad -_-

    • You can’t picture in your mind how big a foot is? lol

    • Franklin Richards

      I’m sure you remember how big generic buttons and cameras are on an iPad. And this has a lot of spacing between each slot.

  • Plistumichu

    Is the camera hole shape bigger as the camera has flash?

  • Xee

    That’s BIG!

  • We don’t need the iPad Pro. Just get the MacBook Air.

  • Jonathan

    Those 4 rectangular holes on the top and bottom..speaker holes?

  • Hopefully we see a OSX interface for the iPad Pro, or at least different from iOS, if not will be a failure as an Apple Product, or at least a USB port to transfer files and camera flash…

  • nig

    swag

  • ktm

    We need an iPad Pro and we’ll buy it. As soon as possible.

  • ktm

    It seems to be 16:9 or 16:10 – perfect to me!

  • iPhoneWINS

    waaaaaaaay to big.. the iPad mini is the only size of iPad that j like

    • Franklin Richards

      I agree iPad Mini is just that sweet spot. It’s a shame Apple is losing love for it.

  • Dante Arellano

    Another slim ipad? I guess apple stock in this idea sice 2010

  • The hole on the side looks like it’ll be for a USB Type C port, and would make more sense in such sleek device than in the MacBook Air…we’ll soon find out.

    • Jamessmooth

      Now THIS I like. Hopefully you’re right!

  • Sohail Wahab

    Yeah! It’s time for iPads to get perfectly larger like the iPhone lineup.