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    iPad Pro RUMORS



    Many reports so far have revealed that Apple is working on an even bigger tablet than the 9.7-inch legacy iPad, a 12.9-inch device — the iPad Pro — that would better appeal to professionals. The device is expected to arrive in mid 2015, according to people familiar with the matter that spoke with various publications, although it’s not clear what new differentiating features the device will have to offer. Meanwhile, Digitimes has learned that Apple might be developing two iPad Pro versions and one of them will supposedly offer users the kind of operating system that Apple has vowed not to make.

    One of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro prototypes is a regular iOS tablet, the publication says but the other one is reportedly a 2-in-1 device featuring “an operating system that integrates Mac OS and iOS.”

    This rumor is particularly questionable because Apple has more than once stated that it doesn’t plan to merge the OS X and iOS. In an interview with Macworld in late January, Apple execs again explained that the company doesn’t plan merging the two operating systems even though the company has a “common vision” for them.

    “We don’t waste time thinking, ‘But it should be one [interface]!’ How do you make these [operating systems] merge together?’” Apple’s Phil Schiller said. “What a waste of energy that would be.”

    “There is a super-important role [for the Mac] that will always be,” Schiller added. “We don’t see an end to that role. There’s a role for the Mac as far as our eye can see. A role in conjunction with smartphones and tablets, that allows you to make the choice of what you want to use. Our view is, the Mac keeps going forever, because the differences it brings are really valuable.”

    “We have a common sense of aesthetics, a common set of principles that drive us, and we’re building the best products we can for their unique purposes,” Craig Federighi added. “So you’ll see them be the same where that makes sense, and you’ll see them be different in those things that are critical to their essence.”

    Apple has said “no” to many other ideas in the past, including smaller tablets and big smartphones, but the company eventually released such products.

    As crazy as Digitimes’ report currently sounds, especially considering Apple’s stance on OS X and iOS being standalone ecosystems tied only by certain elements, a dual-booting OS X / iOS device might be appealing to some buyers.

    Apple is independently working on a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air that’s supposed to be slimmer than any other model and that will launch in 2015 as well. Out of the many reports that provided details about this upcoming MacBook Air model, not a single one said anything about it having iOS-like powers.

    For what it’s worth, Apple also has patents detailing Macs that feature touchscreen displays and MacBooks making use of touchscreen technology. An iPad Pro as described by Digitimes would need a touchscreen display for iOS functionality.





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    WSJ: Huge iPhone 6 demand will delay Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro launch



    The bigger 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet was supposed to enter production in December, The Wall Street Journal has learned, but that isn’t happening anymore because Apple suppliers are still struggling to meet tremendous iPhone 6 demand.

    Apple’s 2014 iPhone models are selling like hot cakes in more than 30 countries, with the devices expected to soon launch in China and India, two important mobile markets with a large number of potential buyers. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are still sold out in many regional Apple online stores, with buyers having to wait anywhere from seven days to a few weeks to have their units shipped.

    “The top priority for the supply chain is to meet the overwhelming demand for the larger screen iPhones. The output of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus remains unsatisfactory,” an unidentified person familiar with Apple’s supply chain said. “It would be challenging for display makers to split resources and spend a few months to ramp up production for a new larger screen iPad now.”

    “Everyone is busy with the new iPhones, Foxconn’s bread and butter. Chairman [Terry Gou] has also gone to the Zhengzhou site to monitor the production closely,” a Foxconn official further added.

    Other reports have revealed Apple is adapting iPhone 6 production lines to better meet the increased, unexpected, demand for the iPhone 6 Plus. Furthermore, Foxconn is reportedly hiring more workers to make sure it can produce enough iPhones. At the Zhengzhou plant alone, more than 200,000 workers are making iPhone 6 units — overall, Foxconn has well over 1 million workers.

    Apple has confirmed it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 units during the launch weekend, with recent estimates suggesting it may have sold more than 21 million units in the first two weeks, and other reports claiming more than 4 million iPhone 6 units have been already reserved in China, ahead of official preorders.

    Meanwhile, not many details are known about the bigger iOS tablet, unofficial called iPad Pro. The Journal says the 12.9-inch device will “likely” have a LCD screen with resolution similar to the 9.7-inch iPad Air. Highly questionable reports have recently suggested a special iPad Pro capable of running a special operating system that includes OS X and iOS is also in development alongside a regular iOS-only iPad Pro.

    The Journal also added that the 12-inch Retina MacBook Air is supposed to enter production in December, without revealing other details about the rumored Air model other than its higher-resolution display.





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    One critical iPad Pro detail revealed in new report



    Apple is far from being ready to confirm it’s working on a bigger tablet version than anything it launched so far, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro isn’t even expected to be announced during the company’s October 16 media event. However, the unannounced device appeared in various rumors so far, with Digitimes on Wednesday revealing one critical detail about the tablet.

    According to the publication, TSMC has already landed orders to manufacture the A8X chip for “Apple’s next-generation iPad to be released in early 2015.” While Digitimes doesn’t mention the size of this next-gen device or its rumored name, it’s almost certainly talking about the iPad Pro.

    Only recently, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple will delay the launch of the iPad Pro, in order to better deal with the huge iPhone 6 demand.

    Apple’s iPad Air 2 is also expected to pack an A8X processor, although the device is not going to be released in early 2015. Instead, Apple is likely to launch it on October 24, eight days after its official announcement.

    Digitimes has further revealed that the A8X processor will be built on the same 20nm process as the A8 chip found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models, although the chip is supposed to be larger than the A8. The publication’s sources said that the chip’s size could “post a challenge to TSMC in terms of yield rates.”

    Samsung has not been mentioned as one of the chip providers for the bigger iPad Pro tablet.





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    Apple's "iPad Pro" to be as thin as an iPhone, sport 12.2-inch display extra speakers



    That's according the latest report out of the Japanese-language macotakara, which has at times unearthed details about Apple's future product designs that turn out to be fairly accurate. In this particular case, the publication cites its own sources as saying that iPad maker is specifically designing the device to play into the same markets as Microsoft's Surface Pro 3, but adds that the company may choose to employ a slightly more compact 12.2-inch display than the 12.9-inch option that is widely rumored and also used by the Surface Pro 3.

    The overall design of the iPad Pro itself is said to largely resemble a jumbo iPad 2 with two additional speakers (and an additional microphone) located at the top of the device, which "might" make the iPad Pro "capable of supporting stereo audio." It reportedly won't be as thin as the 6.1mm iPad Air 2, but will still be as slim as an iPhone, measuring somewhere between the iPhone 6's 6.9mm and the iPhone 6 Pro's 7.1mm at its thickest point.

    While earlier reports suggested that Apple may have been targeting the current quarter as an entry point for the new educational tablet, more recent reports have indicated that full-scale manufacturing of the device will more likely begin in the first quarter of 2015.

    Apple faces a number of challenges in delivering on a so-called iPad Pro, according to Ming-Chi Kuo — a well-connected analyst who has similarly claimed knowledge of the product under development. In addition to executing on the hardware end, he says Apple is also tasked with crafting and secretly evaluating a completely new flavor of iOS designed to take advantage of the device's much larger display real estate.

    In a report on the iPad Pro back in February, Kuo accurately predicted that the iPad mini family of products would show signs of neglect this year as the company had prioritized its iPad teams on completing an all new iPad Air 2 for late 2014 and what he called a "12.9-inch iPad Pro" for 2015.





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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkyscott21 View Post




    ...measuring somewhere between the iPhone 6's 6.9mm and the iPhone 6 Pro's 7.1mm at its thickest point...







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    That reporter just invented a new iPhone model! :)

    I know. He meant an iPhone 6+...
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    12.2-inch iPad Pro could be thinner than the iPhone 6 Plus



    Apple is expected to announce a huge iPad in early 2015, and a new report details some of the tablet’s specs.

    According to the reliable Japanese site Macotakara, the larger iPad (or ‘iPad Pro’, as it’s been dubbed by the press) will feature a 12.2-inch display and improved stereo audio. The device will also reportedly be about as thin as an iPhone.

    While mainstream reports from the last few months have said that the iPad Pro will have a 12.9-inch display, Macotakara is the first to say 12.2-inches instead. Interestingly, such a display would make the iPad very similar in dimensions to the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air Apple is working on.

    The implication of today’s report is that the iPad Pro will be used primarily in landscape instead of portrait, like the Microsoft Surface. Stereo speakers on both sides of the device will offer a more luxurious audio experience, and it’s easy to imagine Apple utilizing Beats technology for such an upgrade.

    The iPad Pro won’t as thin as the 6.1mm iPad Air 2, but Macotakara believes it will clock in at 7mm—or just in between the 6.9 iPhone 6 and 7.1mm 6 Plus.

    Reports originally said Apple would unveil its larger iPad this year, but demand for the new iPhones allegedly pushed back production until early next year.

    Macotakara has a fairly solid track record with Apple rumors. It just recently predicted the iPad mini 3 coming last month and nailed the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus names before they were announced.





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    Apple's rumored 12.9-inch 'iPad Pro' pushed back to Q2 2015



    While many anticipate Apple to release a larger 12.9-inch iPad early next year, the company may be forced to push back launch until the second quarter, one analyst says.

    According to a research note obtained by AppleInsider, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the 12.9-inch tablet, which some have taken to calling the "iPad Pro," will not be ready in time for a first quarter debut.

    Kuo says Apple has chosen oxide LCD technology for the larger iPad's high resolution display, yielding quick response times and high color saturation. Citing a time crunch on component production and assembly, the analyst doesn't expect the iPad Pro to enter mass production until the second quarter of 2015.

    As for current iPad models, Kuo expects overall shipments to fall despite Apple's recent iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 releases. For the first quarter of 2015, a seasonal drop in sales and market saturation will drive shipments down to 9.8 million total units, a fall of 54.5 percent quarter-over-quarter.

    Kuo believes Apple has failed to boost demand with its new form factor, a major change from previous iPad generations that saw massive interest in each design iteration. The tablet market in general could be facing an uphill battle with a saturated market, one that may not be easily met with simple spec bumps, new form factors or price cuts.





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    Major details on Apple’s gigantic ‘iPad Air Plus’ revealed in new leak




    Watch out, Microsoft: Apple is designing a tablet that can replace your laptop too. Macotakara.jp has picked up the latest issue of Japanese magazine Mac Fan and has found that it’s printed a leaked blueprint for the so-called iPad Air Plus, a giant 12.2-inch tablet that Apple is rumored to have been working on for the past year at least.

    According to the leak, the new iPad will be released in between April and June next year and will have dimensions of 305.31 x 220.8 x 7 millimeters. In comparison, the recently released iPad Air 2 measures in at 240 x 169.5 x 6.1 millimeters, so it looks like the new tablet will be both larger and slightly thicker than the iPad Air 2.

    The publication also says that the device will be the first to run on Apple’s new A9 chip, which we’re also expecting to see in both the iPhone 6s and the iPad Air 3 next year. It also reports that the “iPad Air Plus will have four built in speakers on each edge of case, in order to play stereo sound” no matter which way you rotate the device.

    In all, it sounds like the iPad Air Plus is being designed as a tablet that can appeal to professionals who want to have a large touch-based computer they can use for work. Be sure to check out Macotakara.jp’s full summary of Mac Fan’s report at the source link below.





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    Apple looks set to release reinvented, next-generation 12-inch iPad according source



    Apple has been rumored for quite a while now to be working on an even bigger version iPad that’s tentatively being called the iPad Pro or iPad Air Plus, but the company has yet to share details about such a device. However, French publication Nowhereelse, which has been a solid source for several leaks detailing unannounced mobile devices including images showing unreleased Apple gadgets, has come forward with a new image that reportedly shows a sketch of this 12-inch iPad.

    The source of the image is apparently a Foxconn employee with access to such internal resources, a source who has already provided similar sketches to the same publication a few months ago that accurately depicted the iPhone 6’s design.

    The employee further said that initial testing for the iPad Air Plus (which is the name the device has been mostly referred to in recent reports) was stopped in summer, but Apple’s suppliers will soon start mass production for the tablet.

    The image, available below, suggests the iPad Air Plus will have a similar design to the iPad Air 2, and it’s clear the sketch doesn’t show the iPad Air 2. The image features several elements seen already on iPad Air 2, including standby button, rear camera and microphone placement, and volume buttons design and location (the mute switch is absent just like on the iPad Air 2), but there’s also a speaker grille at the top that’s not seen on other iPad versions.

    This seems to indicate Apple’s upcoming 12-inch tablet might have top and bottom speakers to offer users stereo sound, which is a feature previous iPad Pro rumors also mentioned.








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    KGI: Apple likely to launch simple stylus to enhance upcoming 12.9-inch iPad

    Development studio FiftyThree's iPad stylus is one of dozens already on the market



    Apple is likely to launch a hardware stylus to enhance the user experience for its long-rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro," according one well-placed industry analyst with a strong track record in predicting the company's future product plans.

    In a report obtained on Sunday by AppleInsider, well-regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said numerous stylus-related patents filed by the Cupertino-based company (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, etc.) and his own research lead him to believe the iPad maker will launch a stylus in the second quarter of this year to compliment the 12.9-inch so-called "iPad Pro."

    "Given that it's more precise than a person's fingers, a stylus can be more convenient to use than the combination of keyboard and mouse in some cases," Kuo wrote. "Therefore, we believe Apple's stylus will improve the user experience of 12.9-inch iPad."

    Kuo, who has a fairly reliable track record in predicting Apple's future product directions, did not cite any particular source for the rumor outside of Apple's own patent filings. This marks an unusual turn for the analyst known to have close ties to Apple's supply chain partners.



    One of Apple's latest filings detailed an iPad stylus with extendable 'multitouch' nib, onboard light and motion sensors.



    Kuo believes that most users likely won't need a stylus initially, prompting Apple to launch the device as an optional add-on, rather than including it alongside the jumbo iPad.

    "Coupled with its unfavorable cost structure, high selling prices may turn consumers off if the 12.9-inch iPad is always bundled with it," he wrote. "We therefore expect the stylus to be an optional accessory before sufficient user feedback is received."

    Kuo does not expect the stylus to feature many bells and whistles, such as a built-in gyroscope or accelerometer, in its first year. He believes Apple will gradually add new features, and expects 3D handwriting to be enabled in future models.

    "The addition of a gyroscope accelerometer to a stylus allows users to write not only on the display, but also on other hard surfaces and even in the air," he wrote. "While this is a fantastic application for a stylus, we think the required software and hardware is not fully developed yet. Hence, we don't expect Apple's stylus to support 3D handwriting in 2015."



    A filing from 2012 expressed Apple's interest in an iOS stylus with an optical sensor & haptic feedback.



    Similarly, Kuo said that while wireless charging would be convenient, he see little likelihood of it being implemented for the forthcoming stylus given the higher cost and difficult antenna design. "We expect charging to be via a Lightning connector," he added.

    In all, Kuo believes the advent of an Apple-sanctioned stylus itself will facilitate only a limited boost to iPad shipments in the near term. However, the device could give birth to a new breed of applications, which may help offset any negative impact that may weigh on the tablet market from ongoing structural changes.

    "We don't foresee significant sales of an optional stylus in 2015 and forecast unit shipments of 2-2.5 million," he wrote. "But we believe that the stylus could improve the experience of users, however, and will likely help Apple develop specific customer groups such as the corporate sector and educational institutions."

    Aside from the size of the display, there have been relatively few leaks regarding the internal makeup of Apple's anticipated new tablet. One report from last Fall suggested that the device may ship with the then-unrevealed "A8X" chip, while a later missive indicated the addition of two new speakers and an additional microphone that "might" make the iPad Pro "capable of supporting stereo audio."

    Even the screen size is somewhat in doubt, with Apple also believed to be evaluating a 12.2-inch alternative. Kuo himself has previously predicted that the iPad Pro would also bring along with it a new flavor of iOS designed to take advantage of the larger display, which could include functionality such as split-screen multitasking.





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