Apple iPad Pro Cancelled

Apple reportedly decides not to launch its 12.9-inch iPad Pro

By on March 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM.

Apple reportedly decides not to launch its 12.9-inch iPad Pro

One highly anticipated Apple gadget rumored to release this year has been the so-called “iPad Pro,” a 12.9-inch version of Apple’s iconic tablet that was to have been targeted toward educational markets. However, Digitimes‘ sources now hear that Apple has scrapped this project for the time being in part because “large-size tablet projects face difficulties because of lack of support from related platform developers and ecosystems.” More →

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iPhone 6, iPad Pro, iWatch Release Date

Bulls excited by promise of never-before-seen Apple innovations

By on March 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM.

Bulls excited by promise of never-before-seen Apple innovations

Apple’s unconfirmed but often-rumored new products are apparently exciting enough for analysts, who expect Apple shares to climb this year as the company announces a bigger iPhone 6 and iPad, the iWatch, a new payment platform and even an iTV in the more distant future. Apple’s stock price could grow by 20% this year, Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair told Barron’s, while revealing some details about Apple’s potential launch plans for these new products. More →

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iPad Pro Photo

What if the 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ looked like this?

By on February 28, 2014 at 2:05 PM.

What if the 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ looked like this?

The person in the image above is not a professional working a 12.9-inch iPad Pro model with a stylus. And for that matter, Apple did not just leak the 13-inch iPad Pro on its website. The company “doesn’t leak unannounced products,” as iMore succinctly puts it. The image simply shows the lid assembly of a MacBook laptop, and was posted on Apple’s Supplier Responsibility webpage alongside various other images of employees working on existing Apple products. But the image apparently fooled many into believing the company may have inadvertently a rumored iPad model. More →

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iPad Pro Concept Video

Video: New iPad Pro concept goes where Apple has vowed to never tread

By on February 14, 2014 at 1:21 PM.

Video: New iPad Pro concept goes where Apple has vowed to never tread

The latest rumors indicate that Apple is working on a giant version of its iPad that will be tailored more toward education markets and perhaps business markets as well. But just because this so-called ‘iPad Pro’ will be more like a PC than Apple’s traditional tablets, that doesn’t mean that Apple will pull an all-out Windows 8 by giving users the option to switch between an OS X-style desktop view and an iOS-style mobile view. In fact, Apple executives have said repeatedly that trying to merge OS X and iOS would be a “waste of energy.” More →

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12.9-inch iPad Pro Launch

Don’t hold your breath for a 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’

By on January 31, 2014 at 7:25 AM.

Don’t hold your breath for a 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’

Even though there are many rumors detailing a 12.9-inch iPad modeloften called the “iPad Pro” – not everybody believes in such a device from Apple including market research firm IHS, which told CNET that there is evidence the iPad maker is toying with the idea, but not enough to support an imminent launch. More →

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iPad Pro Specs Concept Video

Video: iPad Pro concept proposes ultra-slim 12.9-inch iPad with 4K display, Touch ID

By on January 10, 2014 at 1:20 PM.

Video: iPad Pro concept proposes ultra-slim 12.9-inch iPad with 4K display, Touch ID

The designers at SET Solution responsible for various concepts showing potential Apple products including iPhone Air, iPhone 6c and iPhone 6 with retina scanner have now come up with their own version of the 12.9-inch iPad rumored to arrive later this year. The new video shows an iPad Pro model that measures 284 x 204 x 7mm and features a 12.9-inch 4K display, Touch ID fingerprint scanner and a back camera with True Tone flash. More →

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Apple iPad Pro Analysis

Apple’s upcoming 12-inch iPad may hammer the notebook market

By on January 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM.

Apple’s upcoming 12-inch iPad may hammer the notebook market

Apple and Google have both already done a lot to shake up the traditional PC market but don’t expect either of them to stop anytime soon. Barron’s flags a note from Evercore Partners analyst Patrick Wang, who thinks that Apple’s upcoming 12- to 13-inch iPad has the potential to “transform the traditional notebook market as we know it” because it will be the first time that Apple has made an iPad that’s targeted specifically toward Microsoft’s PC customer base. More →

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iPad Pro Release Date

Apple’s 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ reportedly coming in 2014 with 2K, 4K displays

By on December 17, 2013 at 1:35 PM.

Apple’s 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ reportedly coming in 2014 with 2K, 4K displays

If you’re a subscriber to the school of thought that dictates “where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” it’s getting hard to see through all the smoke surrounding Apple’s upcoming “iPad Pro.” Apple has been rumored by at least a half-dozen solid sources — The Wall Street Journal among them — to be working on a new larger version of its iPad tablet that sports a 12.9-inch display. One recent report even suggested Apple has two iPad Pro models in the works, one that will debut early next year and a second that will launch sometime in the second half of 2014. Now, another new report adds more fuel to the iPad Pro fire. More →

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Production of Apple's next-gen A6 processor begins at TSMC; A6 devices to launch Q2 2012

Production of Apple's next-gen A6 processor begins at TSMC; A6 devices to launch Q2 2012

By on August 12, 2011 at 9:01 AM.

Trial production of Apple’s next-generation A6 mobile processor has begun, Taiwan Economic News reports. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has kicked off a test run of A6 chipsets — which could be 28-nanometer SoCs that feature dual or quad-cores and ARM-based architecture according to earlier reports — and Apple devices carrying the new chips are expected to be released in the second quarter next year at the earliest, according to multiple anonymous industry sources. Reports dating back to June suggested that Apple dumped Samsung following multiple patent disputes, and the company would instead utilize TSMC for production of its next-generation A6 processor. This new Taiwan Economic News report contradicts earlier rumors, however, which claimed that TSMC had begun its trial run of A6 chips last month. This could be a new test run, or earlier reports could have been misguided, of course. Taiwan-based TSMC is the world’s largest contract microchip manufacturer. More →

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Apple may unveil iPhone 5 on September 7th

Apple may unveil iPhone 5 on September 7th

By on August 12, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

Apple plans to hold this year’s “iPod media event” on September 7th, Japanese-language news site Kodawarisan reported on Friday. The company’s September event has historically been dedicated to the iPod line, with Apple having unveiled its latest iPod touch, iPod shuffle and iPod nano models at last year’s event. With a new iPhone model due to be released in September or October, however, it seems very likely that Apple will use its annual September media event to unveil the iPhone 5 rather than just refreshed iPods. The spotlight has moved off of Apple’s iPod lineup over the past few years — Apple even removed its “iPod” branding from the Music app in iOS 5 — so it seems highly unlikely that the company’s line of media players will continue to warrant a dedicated event. Apple is also expected to launch the new iPad 3 in the near future, though a recent round of rumors suggest that might not happen until late November or even early 2012. More →

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Apple iPad 3 to launch at current price points as iPad 2 is discounted, discontinued

Apple iPad 3 to launch at current price points as iPad 2 is discounted, discontinued

By on August 2, 2011 at 11:01 AM.

Apple is expected by many to break from its typical cycle of releasing new mobile device models annually when it launches the iPad 3 ahead of the holiday season this year. The new iPad model will supposedly feature a high-resolution Retina Display, and earlier reports suggested that the new tablet would be an “iPad Pro” model that would compliment the iPad 2 rather than replacing it. A new report from Taiwan Economic News claims that Apple’s third-generation iPad could launch at the iPad 2′s current price points, however, and Apple will then discount the iPad 2 in order to clear inventory. Apple’s original iPad models were discounted by $100 each — and by as much as $300 by third-party retailers — following the launch of the iPad 2, and Taiwan Economic News cites anonymous industry executives in claiming that Apple may use a similar formula to clear iPad 2 inventory once the next-generation tablet launches. The report also notes that Apple’s iPad 3 will launch “by this Thanksgiving or next year.” More →

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New iPad 3 contract goes to Pegatron, not Foxconn [updated]

New iPad 3 contract goes to Pegatron, not Foxconn [updated]

By on July 28, 2011 at 3:50 PM.

Pegatron has been awarded a new contract to build Apple’s next-generation iPad tablets, Taiwan Economic News reports. According to the report, Pegatron underbid Hon Hai for a new contract to manufacture the iPad 3, which will become available some time near the Thanksgiving holiday according to an earlier report. Hon Hai, owner of infamous Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn, manufactures Apple’s current-generation iPad 2 tablet along with a number of other Apple products. Pegatron is seemingly working hard to increase its production share of Apple devices, however; the Taiwan-based manufacturer reportedly also won an order from Apple to manufacture a total of 15 million iPhone 5 handsets. While Apple is shaking up its manufacturing partners according to the report, it will reportedly retain the majority of its component suppliers including TPK Holdings (touch panels), Simplo Technology and Dynapack International Technology (batteries), Largan Precision (camera lenses) and Foxconn Technology (outer casings).

Updated to reflect changes in source report.
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