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Apple Inc. iPad Air Plus Set For April-June Launch: REPORT

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is reportedly working on 12.2-inch iPad Air Plus, according to Japanese magazine Mac Fan. The magazine, which cites a report from Macotakara, suggests that apart from the 12.2-inch display, the iPad Air Plus will also include an A9 processor and four speakers to play stereo sound in any direction and could be launched next year between April and June.

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All reports echo similar numbers for Apple’s next iPad

There have been a few reports suggesting that Apple’s iPad Pro will have a screen display of 12.2 inches and a profile of 7 mm, and the claims of Mac Fan suggest the same measurements. There has also been a plethora of reports suggesting that Apple’s next iPad will have a screen size of around 12 inches, but these reports vary on the exact size, placing it between 12 inches and 12.9 inches.

The iPhone maker is planning to reserve any day in early 2015 to launch its next iPad flagship, according to a report from Bloomberg and various other reports. The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has postponed production of the larger iPad from December 2014 to next year, as suppliers are finding it difficult to meet demand for the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus. A delay in production would push the production of the larger iPad to sometime in the first quarter or the second quarter next year.

Legitimacy of report in question

Although the post by Mac Fan cannot be said to be true with surety, the source was accurate in the past about the precise dimensions for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The report further suggested that Apple will launch the iPad Mini 4 with a design that would replace most of the previous generations.

In its earlier report, Macotakara compared the iPad Pro to Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s Surface tablet, suggesting that the popular method of use will be landscape instead of portrait, the mode adopted by the iPad since its 2010 launch. The report indicates that features such as the iSight camera, Lightning connector, and Touch ID home button position will not change, however. The thickness of the iPad Pro is expected to be somewhere between that of the current iPad Air 2 and iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, which would be around 7mm.

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