Apple is expected to announce a huge iPad in early 2015, and a new report details some of the tablet’s specs.
According to the reliable Japanese site Macotakara, the larger iPad (or ‘iPad Pro’, as it’s been dubbed by the press) will feature a 12.2-inch display and improved stereo audio. The device will also reportedly be about as thin as an iPhone.
While mainstream reports from the last few months have said that the iPad Pro will have a 12.9-inch display, Macotakara is the first to say 12.2-inches instead. Interestingly, such a display would make the iPad very similar in dimensions to the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air Apple is working on.
The implication of today’s report is that the iPad Pro will be used primarily in landscape instead of portrait, like the Microsoft Surface. Stereo speakers on both sides of the device will offer a more luxurious audio experience, and it’s easy to imagine Apple utilizing Beats technology for such an upgrade.
The iPad Pro won’t as thin as the 6.1mm iPad Air 2, but Macotakara believes it will clock in at 7mm—or just in between the 6.9 iPhone 6 and 7.1mm 6 Plus.
Reports originally said Apple would unveil its larger iPad this year, but demand for the new iPhones allegedly pushed back production until early next year.
Macotakara has a fairly solid track record with Apple rumors. It just recently predicted the iPad mini 3 coming last month and nailed the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus names before they were announced.