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12-inch Apple iPad Pro to compete with Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in early 2015


In a move to take on Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3, Apple is rumored to be readying a 12.2-inch iPad Pro that is expected to be a 2-in-1 hybrid tablet convertible. The device will be similar to the iPad Air, better speakers than iPad Air 2 and thinner than the iPhone 6 Plus.ipadair2

 

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According to Japanese site Macotakara, the rumored iPad Pro will offer a 12.2-inch tablet with detachable keyboard similar to the Surface Pro 3 with enhanced features. The device  might include an extra microphone at the top, making the device capable of supporting stereo audio. The iPad Pro is expected to have a thickness between iPhone 6’s 6.9mm and iPhone 6 Plus 7.1mm.

The company is likely to start manufacturing the device during the start of 2015 and might also develop a new iOS design for the tablet’s bigger screen space. Ming-Chi-Kuo, an analyst of Apple devices claims that the development of the iPad Pro will face challenges like the neglect of the iPad Mini this year. Apple focuses its iPad engineers on developing the iPad Air 2 and a new iPad Pro in early 2015, leaving many iPad Mini fans disappointed due to lesser improvements.

An illustration in the website also shows a row of speakers next to the power button while there will be speakers along the top and bottom edges of the experiencing stereo audio. Macotakara’s reports have accurately predicted past rumors about Apple and the new claims are likely to be true.

The iPad Pro is aimed at the competing with Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 and entering the tablet hybrid market. However, the device will employ a lesser display size with 12.2 inches when compared with Surface pro 3’s 12.9 inch display.Earlier reports indicated that the device will feature a 12.9 inch display. Apple reportedly delayed the production of the iPad Pro after massive demand for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

Recently, Microsoft’s earnings report shows that the company has sold a good number of its professional large screen tablets. The all new Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has brought a new magic to the Microsoft and brought revenue of $908 million for Microsoft. That news might have motivated Apple to bring its own large screen professional tablets to the market as soon as possible.

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