12.9" iPad Pro image leaked online, could hit our stores by Autumn

A recent photo from China provides a look as to what could potentially be the 12” iPad Pro set for release later this year. Previous statements from Apple indicated they wish to target the education market, where tablets could become a replacement for traditional textbooks within the classroom.

The prototype seen in the image appears to be made from aluminum, as well as featuring the Apple logo in the center of the device. A small camera in the top left corner also complies with other Apple products. Reports indicate that the company is testing the tablet at 4K resolution, a 4096 x 3072 display.

The alleged industrial mockup is only seen in one image, so it may be hard to confirm its validity. However the device screams of Apple in terms of design, and it is a possibility we could see the iPad Pro in the not to distant future.

The larger 12" display could perhaps be in response to the recent success of Google's Chromebooks, that have gained a lot of popularity in the past months. The next Microsoft Surface lineup may also be challenged if the iPad Pro (previously rumored to be called the iPad Maxi) hits our stores soon. Stay alert for news and updates on this potentially game-changing tablet.

Till then we suggest you cast a cynical eye on this.

Source: Weibo via PhoneArena | Image via PhoneArena

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"The larger 12" display could perhaps be in response to the recent success of Google's Chromebooks"

a 2013 article and yet, chromeOS doesn't show on any of the OS stats above even linux, let alone OSX.

> Reports indicate that the company is testing the tablet at 4K resolution, a 4096 x 3072 display.

What everyone means when talking about 4K is 3840x2160. Gotta love Apple's groundbreaking innovations, like re-introducing black bars when viewing 4K movies.

In all seriousness...4096x3072 is HXGA, according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HXGA#HXGA_.284096x3072.29, aka Hexadecatuple Extended Graphics Array. Rolls off the tongue.

Microsoft needs to stop being a follower and be a leader and make a 12 Surface already. Everyone and their brother already have a 8", its just playing catch up.

Rann Xeroxx said,
Microsoft needs to stop being a follower and be a leader and make a 12 Surface already. Everyone and their brother already have a 8", its just playing catch up.

I agree 100%. What has Microsoft ever led the market with? I mean obviously without the original PC, the first laptop, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, mice, operating systems, developer tools and languages, the Xbox, Surface and Live Tiles, what has Microsoft ever led the market with?

I don't see this happening, but if they do go this route, it better come with a pen with pressure sensitivity like the Note or Surface Pro.

Too big for a tablet in my opinion. Unless it also comes with some sort of keyboard like the Surface it seems awkward form factor and size. Like others mentioned at that size you're better off with something like MBA. I think Surface's 10.1" is as big as a device like this makes sense. At 12" it is closer to my Lenovo X1 however without keyboard and with iOS (instead of OS X caliber OS) seems odd. I'm sure people will still buy it. People will buy anything if properly marketed (not saying this as a dig directly at Apple - just saying)

It's going to be interesting to see what Microsoft releases on Tuesday with regards to the new 12" Surface Pro. Will it be a tablet with special keyboard... or a convertible ultrabook. I'm really curious.

The iPad Air is so light that holding it in one hand is not awkward at all. Adding a few inches would not really make it any more so holding it weight wise than the previous heavier iPads were.

Personally I would love a 12" tablet. The Samsung one was WAY too expensive (and I am guessing this one, if real, would be to) and full of Samsung bloat.

Where are all the comments about how this size makes it a laptop? Which are seen in every 12" Surface article?


BTW, this is totally fake..

Yes, there is no point for a company to put a crude brand like this on a prototype.. companies don't usually put brands at all on prototypes.

Wall-swe said,
Where are all the comments about how this size makes it a laptop? Which are seen in every 12" Surface article?

You don't see those here because the Surface CAN be a laptop if you want it to, this is still an oversized iPhone without phone capabilities.

Wall-swe said,
Where are all the comments about how this size makes it a laptop? Which are seen in every 12" Surface article?


BTW, this is totally fake..

Those comments were for the 12inch Surface Pro. Which would basically be a 12inch laptop. The regular Surface is a direct competitor to the iPad. Not sure why that's so hard for you to figure out.

The thing I don't understand, is how Microsoft is freely making available Office on the iPad. You see in light of what MS has done, Apple scrambling to take advantage of the situation to storm markets, MS has the upper hand with Windows. Apple's CEO said as much that Office on the iPad makes it easier for it to make inroads into the enterprise, and there is little doubt Apple is also going to use Office to make greater strides in the education market. Also, if Apple plans to use Office to push the iPad into markets Microsoft dominates, you just know that Google is salivating to do the same at the advent of Office on Android.

MS seems to seriously think it can have its cake and eat it too: which is to say, it can make extra money from the things that differentiate Windows, without incurring the penalties for doing the same. That is like the US selling weapon systems to other countries to make extra money, and not expecting the same technologies, will be exploited and used by our enemies against us.

As a Surface owner, I definitely understand your frustration. My guess (or hope) is that Microsoft will differentiate its own products by giving away Office for free on Windows tablets... but charge for it on other devices.

I also think (hope) that the Windows' versions will have extra features--like pen input and Outlook--which the competing versions will not.

But, again, I definitely understand your frustration. At the very least, we should've got Office Touch first.

Office is simply a free viewer of Office docs on an iOS device. You can't do much else without a subscription, so what's the big deal?

cybersaurusrex said,
I have to wonder if this isn't a counterstrike against the (allegedly) soon to be released 12" Surface Pro tablet.

Don't be silly. An iPad is simply a big phone. It has all the capabilities of a phone. Surface is a miniaturised computer. It has all the capabilities of a full-blown PC.

iPad is a great tool if you want to make fart noises. Surface is for work. It can also make fart noises if you really want to.