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Apple to launch hybrid 12-inch iPad Pro in autumn?

Sam Loveridge

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Apple could launch a hybrid 12-inch iPad Pro in autumn 2014, according to analyst predictions.

Evercore Partners analyst Patrick Wang has released a note to investors outlining his predictions for 2014 and suggests Apple will launch a 12.2-inch hybrid iPad.

Currently known as the iPad Pro, Wang predicts that this larger 12.2-inch display Apple slate could change the PC landscape.

As a 12.2-inch iPad would be more akin to the 11.6-inch MacBook Air, Wang predicts that Apple will use the larger screen size as a new hybrid notebook/tablet for business users.

Built with a next-generation Apple A8 processor inside, the iPad Pro could launch in autumn 2014 running both iOS and Mac OS X operating systems.

Wang highlighted his beliefs that the 64-bit infrastructure of the new Apple A7 processor is a “game changer” and will make way for the new iPad Pro.

A fair few rumours of late suggest that Apple has already been experimenting with a 12-inch screen for a new product that may well launch this year.

The new naming tradition set by the iPad Air, following in the footsteps of the MacBook Air, could suggest that the Cupertino company is gearing up to launch a Pro iPad model, like the MacBook Pro.

Microsoft has been trying to dominate the hybrid PC/tablet market, but has had little success with its Windows 8 devices in this sector.

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Via: AppleInsider

fran farrell

January 5, 2014, 3:09 pm

Finally, the perfect test article. About the same size and weight of other transportable devices intended for laptop use, the twelve inch tablet can be used to test the proposition, "Given voice and gesture reading laptop productivity Apps on PCs and Chrome books is there any use for touchscreens on devices 10 inches or larger"

TheConciseStatement

January 6, 2014, 1:13 pm

Apple must tread very carefully here. So far they've had the OSs influence each other's features without any cross-pollination of the actual software itself. So if there's any meat to the story, it'd be interesting to see whether they go down that route, risking a Windows 8 style clooge, or they opt for some kind of hardware switching solution that has never provided particularly elegant results or progressed much in terms of ease of use since that old red Lenovo prototype I recall from CES all those years ago. Neither road feels very Apple so I remain sceptical. That being said, perhaps Apple have secretly engineered Mavericks to run on the A series or iOS 7 to run on Intel, as per their transition away from PowerPC a decade ago. That would definitely smooth the changeover. Hmm, food for thought.

Cornelius Talmidge

January 14, 2014, 7:16 pm

TheConciseStatement agreed this doesn't feel very Apple from a UX perspective. However, I would love a fully tooled pad to carry around. I'm definitely one of those "would use an iPad except it doesn't have the heavy-user power I need" users so would jump on this in a nanosecond. How far Apple would be able to create a blended OS X/iOS experience sounds like a kludge Apple wouldn't get into.

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