iPad Pro (or iPad Plus) preview: The laptop hybrid option

Here is the preview of iPad Pro from Apple. The “iPad Pro” is said to be an even larger version of the iPad Air. We  assumes that the iPad Pro is a tablet. But a more radical theory – one which we feel is pretty unlikely, and will therefore discuss only briefly – holds that Apple is planning a tablet-laptop hybrid. One would imagine a similar device to Acer’s Aspire V5 Touch or Microsoft’s Surface Pro, which takes a detachable keyboard approach.with a display measuring in at 12.2 to 12.9 inches. Perhaps aimed at the enterprise market, it may feature an ultra high-resolution display and an A8X processor.

New images of a mold reportedly used to make Apple’s new larger-sized iPad leaked recently. Many people use keyboard cases or detachable Bluetooth keyboards with their iPads (often to make them more effective work tools) and there is a feeling that the business market hasn’t yet completely shifted from laptops to tablets. A hybrid of the two forms – an iPad with a detachable keyboard, presumably, although another possibility is a screen that swivels through 180 degrees – would certainly pique customers’ interest, although it does feel like a backward step in terms of market progression and innovation.

Apple CEO Tim Cook famously dismissed the idea of a MacBook/iPad hybrid back in April 2012, arguing that consumers simply won’t be interested.

“You wouldn’t want to put these things together because you end up compromising in both and not pleasing either user. Some people will prefer to own both, and that’s great too. But to make the compromise of convergence, we’re not going to that party,” he said.

Then again, Steve Jobs once dismissed mini-tablets, and here we are with our iPad minis. Apple changes its mind. What if the company’s engineers have come up with a device that’s as powerful as a MacBook but as portable and convenient as an iPad?

Charles King, an analyst with Pund-IT, was surprised that Cook wasn’t more keen on the idea. “For the chief executive of a company that has pursued some pretty unconventional design points along the way and done pretty well, I’d think he’d be more open to this hybrid idea,” he said. “If a successful tablet/laptop hybrid ever did come out, it would constitute a fairly significant challenge to Apple.”
It’s widely thought that the iPad Pro will have a 12.9-inch display, compared to the 9.7-inch display on the iPad Air and the 7.9-inch display on the iPad mini.

12.9 inches has been the consistently most popular theory, and would make for a device that is both sharply differentiated from the smaller iPads and a convenient size in terms of productivity and ease of use. A recent rumour, however, has cast doubt on this idea, and sets the bar a little lower: among a wide range of ‘leaked’ specs, Macotakara predicts that the iPad Pro will have a screen size of 12.2 inches.  So we also wait The moment Apple announced an iPad pro, every geek worth the name immediately began to wonder about the possibility of an iPad Pro — or iPad Air Plus

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