Analyst Predicts Apple Will Release 12-Inch Hybrid 'iPad Pro' This Fall

Analyst Predicts Apple Will Release 12-Inch Hybrid 'iPad Pro' This Fall

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As part of his 2014 predictions, Evercore Partner Analyst Patrick Wang believes Apple could release a larger 12-Inch hybrid 'iPad Pro' model later this fall, with a next generation A8 Processor.

Wang sees the 64-Bit architecture of the A7 that was just released in the iPad Air as a "game changer" that puts all the pieces in place for an iPad Pro that could shake up the notebook industry. In particular, Microsoft has been trying (and mainly failing) to takeover with its hybrid type Surface Tablets running Windows 8. Apple CEO Tim Cook has been on record for saying he felt Surface tablets were 'confusing' and that the user experience on the iPad is 'incredible.'

Some believe the naming convention of the new iPad Air, borrowing from the MacBook Air, could signal that Apple plans to release a professional-grade iPad, akin to the MacBook Pro in its notebook lineup. A 12-inch display would put such a device in a class closer to Apple's 11.6-inch MacBook Air. To date, all full-size iPad models have had a 9.7-inch screen, while the iPad mini models have sported 7.9-inch displays.

Rumors have pointed to Apple testing larger panels for iPads and iPhones, but Wang doesn't see Apple simply releasing a larger iPad. With the larger screen size, he predicts the devices could serve as both a tablet and a netbook -- appealing more to both businesses and consumers.

via AppleInsider

Analyst Predicts Apple Will Release 12-Inch Hybrid 'iPad Pro' This Fall
Trucker68 - January 4, 2014 at 4:30pm
The iPad pro is not chasing people for games. It's a business tool, you tools. Light weight. WiFi. Offices can use and not have big clunky desktops everywhere
Samsungs cock. - January 4, 2014 at 5:46pm
Except this would be like the Mac without the stand or osx installed. So yeah.
K - January 3, 2014 at 8:30pm
iPhone 5, nexus 5 at the same time, now this.
Tony - January 3, 2014 at 6:31pm
It would definitely mean better experience for reading textbooks and all apps that can utilize larger display. Of course Android makkers will also offer this increased screen size, but the 16x9 kind of shrinks the books a bit.
FukYou - January 3, 2014 at 6:48pm
Dude, no matter how big or small a fcking device is, even with iPhone 4S still around, I can read off a 3.5" and 4" screen, want a bigger screen, good then this year's your chance for iPad Pro.
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