SHAFAQNA – Let the rumors commence. The Japanese magazine Mac Fan has published some potential schematics of Apple’s larger tablet follow-up. As always, we have no way to verify the legitimacy of said schematics, but it sure is fun to speculate about as we await the (eventual) arrival of a giant iPad.
Or, in this case, the “iPad Pro” or “iPad Air Plus,” which are the two names the magazine suggests as possibilities for Apple’s larger tablet. According to the magazine’s report, the next iPad—rather, Apple’s bigger iPad—will come with a 12.2-inch display. That’s right around what others have been suggesting as a potential size, though some rumors have gone all the way up to a 12.9-inch display for the larger tablet.
The tablet itself will be around 7 millimeters thick, and come in at around 12 inches by 8.7 inches. That’s slightly larger than a piece of loose-leaf paper, which feels like a good but not unmanageable size for a tablet display—at least, based on the piece of paper we just picked up and manipulated for a few seconds.
According to Mac Fan, the larger iPad will ship with a new version of Apple’s processors—the A9. That’ll be an upgrade from the A8X processors currently found in the iPad Air 2, and it does run contrary to rumors that the two tablets would share the same processors. However, Apple’s tablets will likely all share the same look and feel. The larger iPad will likely come with an extra pair of speakers, however, just to give the tablet a better stereo sound.
As for when this larger tablet might see the light of day, Mac Fan suggests that Apple will launch the device at some point between April and June of next year. That’s not super-specific, but it does gel with other rumors we’ve heard about a potential timeframe for Apple’s larger tablet. MacRumors notes that KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo—which the site considers a fairly reliable source—suggested the larger tablet might not hit mass production until the second quarter of next year, as Apple is now busy trying to push out as many iPhone 6 Plus smartphones as it can.
As 9to5Mac notes, Mac Fan’s schematics might hold a bit more weight than you would expect, given that the magazine published the correct dimensions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus well in advance of the devices’ release. Whoever Mac Fan’s sources happen to be, they seem accurate (so far).
Source : pcmag.com