Apple’s iPad Pro has been rumored for almost two years, but the tablet is yet to see the dawn of the day. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple had to delay the launch of iPad Pro twice due to display production issues. Kuo believes the device will finally be launched in the second half of this year. Meanwhile, a new leak has revealed the dimensions of the iPad Pro.
iPad Pro to be slightly thicker than iPad Air 2
The leaked image was posted by OnLeaks on Twitter, so it should be credible enough. OnLeaks is operated by Steve Hemmerstoffer, the editor of French website NoWhereElse.fr, which has leaked features and specs of many Apple products ahead of their release in the past. The blueprint suggests that the device will have a 12.9-inch display instead of the previously rumored 12.2-inch.
According to the schematics, the iPad Pro will measure 223 x 306 x 7.2mm, substantially bigger and thicker than 169.5 x 250 x 6.1mm of the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2. However, its screen-to-body ratio is 75.7% compared to 71.7% in the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. Among other things, four speaker grills can be seen on the schematics. But not all of them may be devoted to producing sound. Given the increased processing power, two of the grills could be for cooling purposes.
iPad Pro to eye the professional tablet market
The iPad Pro blueprint is from December 2014. So, Hemmerstoffer says Apple could have made some changes in the design. Its back and sides appear to be made using the same aluminum as the iPad Air 2. But a recent report claims that the 12.9-inch tablet will be made using the same high-end Series 7000 aluminum alloy used in the Apple Watch. It will make the device sturdier without increasing its weight.
We can also see a headphone jack, a volume rocker and a power button on the sides, while the camera is located in one of the corners. The iPad Pro may help Apple revive the sliding iPad sales. It will blur the line between a tablet and a laptop to capture a share of the professional tablet segment. The iPad Pro will reportedly be powered by Intel’s latest Broadwell processors.