updated - June 24, 2021 Thursday EDT
Weeks after the launch of the latest iPad mini 3 during the Apple's media event in California, a report said that the Cupertino-based giant will be ditching small-size tablets and will finally opt for a bigger device which is named, iPad Pro.
The Japanese news firm, Macotakara, reported a source close to Apple's newest project revealed iPad Mini 3 will be the last of Apple's Mini series. With Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 on their minds, Apple geniuses are reportedly making a new tablet with almost similar design and size.
iPad Pro, slated for a mid 2015 release, will reportedly share the same dimensions and weight of Microsoft's well-received tablet. Surface Pro 3 has 292.10 x 201.40 x 9.10 mm dimension and weighs 800 grams, as reported by NDTV . The reliable source also said that the upcoming iPad Pro might be as thin as the recently released iPhone 6 series smartphones.
Apple's rumored tablet will reportedly sport 12.2-inch LCD screen which is a bit bigger that Surface Pro 3's 12-inch display. The upcoming tablet will reportedly feature additional speaker at the bottom of the device which will allow stereo playback.
A report from Economic Daily in China somehow intensifies the buzz about the upcoming large-screen device from the American tech giant. The report said Apple Tablet changes its device supplier from its original Compal and Shuo to Foxconn EOM.
The ending of Mini series and the debut of supposed Pro series is rumored to be because of the notable decline in iPad sales for the past few months. After the iPad mini was launched in 2012, shipments and orders suffered 33 percent decline which means Apple should participate in the big-screened tablet market.
The tech company has not made a confirmation yet about the rumored large tablet but in case rumors appear to be true, there is a big chance as Macotakara has good record in terms of leaks; iPad Pro will more likely have a showdown with the also rumored Microsoft Surface Pro 4.
Before the second half debut of iPad Pro, Angela Ahrendts Apple's retail vice president, had already said the upcoming Apple Watch will be launch spring next year, Forbes reported. So more likely, 2015 will really be a busy year for Apple.
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