Apple’s fabled 12.9-inch iPad Pro rumored to launch before year-end

iPad pro concept (Ramotion, Top view)

Apple’s fabled large-screened iPad, dubbed by the press iPad Pro, is still on the table and should see a formal release before the end of this year, if you trust a report from the Economic Daily newspaper.

The Chinese publication also said earlier this morning that the iWatch will be launching during the third quarter of 2014 in three models and two sizes, with a high-end model ostensibly incorporating a screen with a sapphire-glass coating.

While we don’t put too much faith into reports by Chinese media, Economic Daily’s accuracy is better than that of most other Chinese and Taiwanese outlets…

From the Economic Daily story [Google translate], via GforGames:

Interestingly enough, The Economic Daily also reports that the fabled 12.9-inch iPad (also known as the iPad Pro) is still on the table. Allegedly, the device will become official by the end of the year.

Apparently, the device will make use of TPK’s next-generation touch sensors which replaces indium tin oxide with silver nanowire ink due to its better conductive properties.

Switching to silver nanowire-based touch films should theoretically allow Apple’s engineers to outfit the device with sapphire glass without having to add extra sensors for accurately determining touch location.

“You should also know that silver nanowire films are flexible, which would allow Apple to use LG’s flexible OLED displays, like it was rumored not long ago,” as per the report.

On the downside, take this report with a few pinches of salt because we haven’t stumbled upon a believable iPad Pro rumor in a while nor have we seen anything in terms of physical leaks that would point to an upcoming launch.

Last we heard, for example, was from DigiTimes, the hit-and-miss Taiwanese trade publication. After previously reporting that the project had been put on hold, DigiTimes back in March asserted the iPad Pro would launch in the second half of 2014.

If you ask KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, don’t expect the iPad Pro to launch until sometime next year in the first place. Talk of a bigger iPad first surfaced last summer and has appeared consistently since.

Is the iPad Pro vaporware, do you think? Or, does Tim Cook & Co. really have a large-screened iPad in the works?

iPad Pro concept top of post: Ramotion.