Apple’s iPad Pro tablet will feature a 12.2–inch screen, measure just 7mm thin and have microphone and speaker access at both the top and bottom of the device.
That’s according to a new report from Mac Otakara, a Japanese site known for its free and easy access to Apple supply-chain sources.
A large scale version of Apple’s iPad has been mooted for some time. Despite some analysts suggesting the device had been shelved, recent gossip has pointed towards a spring 2015 release date.
This new rumour delivers the most detail yet. Previously, only the screen size had been talked up, and then as a larger 12.9–inch offering.
The inclusion of dual speakers has sparked speculation that the iPad Pro will pack stereo audio, putting it beyond many current tablet rivals.
However, any such chatter should be treated with caution at this early stage.
Apple has seen iPad sales decline in recent quarters, as consumers wait to upgrade their older models.
Tim Cook described this as a ‘speed bump’ over the summer, but has since overseen the reconfiguring of the iPad range, with the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 being joined by cheaper versions of designs from 2012 and 2013.