Apple iPad Pro pegged as Surface Pro competitor; will pack 12.2-inch screen, 7mm thickness
Rumour mill is spinning again and this time the output is an alleged Pro version of Apple’s tablet dubbed iPad Pro, which according to reports intends to take on Surface Pro 3 using a 12.2-inch display and thickness equivalent to that of the current iPhone.
According to a report by macotakara, Apple is going to use a 12.2-inch display in iPad Pro rather than the previously rumoured 12.9-inch display. According to the report, the iPad Pro can be visualised as a bigger and jumbo version of iPad 2, but with additional speakers and microphone located at the top of the device.
As far as the thickness of the tablet is concerned, it won’t be as thin as the iPad Air 2, but will have thickness between that of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
The iPad Pro is said to release in early 2015 instead of the previously rumoured current quarter because Cupertino and its supply chain is busy catering to the iPhone 6 Plus demand. Also, an early 2015 or later release makes sense considering that it just recently launched two new tablets – iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.
We can’t say for sure if the larger iPad will help Apple create a new market for itself considering that it may inadvertently create a product that competes with its MacBook Air range of devices.
However, considering that MacBook Air is powered by Mac OS and iPad Pro will, most certainly, be powered by iOS – probably a redesigned OS – an internal competition might not be that great a risk.