Apple seems to be working on a big 12.2” tablet which will probably be released in spring next year. Japanese publication of the magazine Mac Fan has allegedly published design and measurement details about Apple’s upcoming iPad in its January 2015 issue. This is the same tablet that Apple was rumored to be working on and release in second quarter of 2015.
According to the leaked blueprint, the new iPad Air Plus will measure 305.31mm x 220.8mm x 7mm or 12in x 8.7in x .28 in. It will be much larger and thicker compared to iPad Air 2 which has the dimensions of 240mm x 169.5mm x 6.1mm.
The drawings indicate that the slate will sport a 12.2” LCD display, a home button having TouchID fingerprint scanner and the Apple’s next gen A9 processor. The new A9 processor is also expected to be used in iPad Air 3 and iPhone 6s to be released next year. The iPad Air Plus will have four built-in speakers mounted in four directions to give stereo sound playback even if the iPad is rotated in any direction.
The large iPad Air Plus may appeal to professionals as a replacement to laptops. According to Mac Fan, the slate would be ready to be shipped in the second quarter (April to June) of 2015.
The Mac Fan January issue also mentions that Apple will launch a smaller iPad mini 4 that will be powered by A8x processor and will have the same design as in iPad Air 2. It also says that “iPad mini 3 will be removed from Apple’s lineup”. Not surprising really, as the mini 3 only has an additional TouchID, all other features more or less being the same.
It remains to be seen whether these rumors have any truth in them.