iPad Pro mockup video (image 001)

The plot is thickening following yesterday’s analyst report that Apple’s larger-screened iPad is entering mass production in September and October and recent sightings of an unreleased “iPad6,8” model with a screen resolution of 2,732-by-2,048 pixels in commercial app analytics data.

According to Asian trade publication DigiTimes, Japanese giant Sharp and Foxconn, the world’s top product assembler, will be supplying touch modules for the larger iPad, tentatively dubbed by the press the iPad Pro.

Both Sharp and General Interface Solution (GIS), a Foxconn subsidiary, will build, assemble and laminate touch modules for the device. The report also corroborates KGI Securities’ analysis yesterday that the iPad Pro is bound to enter production this fall.

“The device will enter production by the end of the third quarter and go into mass production in the fourth,” said DigiTimes. In addition to Sharp and Foxconn, Samsung Display and TPK will be secondary suppliers, with TPK responsible for touch modules and Samsung for displays as well as LCD assembly.

Shipments of the iPad Pro are said to reach between four and five million units in 2015. The device should release in the fourth quarter of this year, in time for the holiday shopping season.

Given that the tablet market has cratered and iPads have been losing share for a few consequential quarters now, Apple could regain some of the lost ground by marketing the iPad Pro to business customers and the enterprise market.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo write in yesterday’s note to clients that the iPad Pro will include an optional stylus accessory designed by Apple that features support for Force Touch to help users navigate the iPad Pro’s screen more easily.

As for the device itself, it should have a screen measuring between 12.2 and 12.9-inches diagonally, run a faster “A9” or “A9X” chip with 2GB of RAM, include stereo speakers and possibly a stronger body made from 7000 Series aluminum.

Apple should announce new products, namely the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, as well as refreshed iPads and a next-generation Apple TV, at a rumored media event on Wednesday, September 9.

Note: iPad Pro image is just a mockup provided for illustrative purposes.

Source: DigiTimes

  • iPhoneWINS

    thing thing 8needs to be able to do more things and run better software than the regular IOS iPad does now..

    • Thomas Flores

      Definitely agree. If this so called IPad pro offers nothing but a larger screen for iOS it’s gonna take one hella of a sell to get me to purchase this.

  • Dante Arellano

    Why no a 21inches ipad lest go ridiculous who is going to buy that shite any practical use more that i got new toy for few days then put it in some where callecting dost ipads is a daying divice thanks to biger iphones

  • Vince Reedy

    I’m curious as to how “pro” this iPad pro will be. To me, pro means a professional whatever (outside of someone who needs a resource hogging machine) can use it as his only device. The surface pro lives up to its name. If it is in fact called an iPad pro, it needs to at least do what the surface does.

    • Shinonuke

      I hope so too. I am hoping the iPad pro to be a MacBook without keyboards. The surface pro is awesome. If it wasn’t so expensive then I might have bought one.

  • Jon20

    This thing needs to replace laptops, and I mean productivity wise. I’ve been holding out on buying a laptop to see if this could be a replacement for that, minus the keyboard. I know that they just released the new “MacBook” line but honestly I find it very pricey when a late version “MacBook Air” could do the same, if not better for a lesser price. Obviously I won’t have the Retina display but I can deal with that. I really hope it doesn’t disappoint.

    • Vince Reedy

      I’ve been holding out too, but I’m afraid I will be looking for a 13″ MBA after they unveil the iPad pro. The new macbook’s processor doesn’t seem to cut it.

      • Jon20

        I know. I mean I like the design of the new MacBooks but I’m not too fond of the 1 USB-C and having to buy a separate adapter for regular USB or even charging my phone at the same time. Wasn’t really a smart move on their part in my opinion.

    • Rowan09

      Just know if it is actually a touchscreen laptop you’ll be paying $800+ for it.

  • Chindavon

    Maybe it needs to have an iOS/OS X hybrid running this thing. Then call it iOS X.

    • Vince Reedy

      iOS is a hybrid of OS X

      • Chindavon

        I don’t see it.