When Apple announced the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display this October, they nearly cannibalized the sales of the MacBook Air. Previously you had to shell out $1500 for a rMBP, but this year Apple slashed the price of the base model to just $1300, which is only $200 more than a base 13-inch MacBook Air. Previously we heard a rumour about an iPad Pro, which is a large screen tablet that Apple was reported to release next year. According to this latest rumour, this upcoming iPad Pro may replace the 11-inch MacBook Air.
The expected screen size of the iPad Pro is somewhere between 11 and 13-inch. As a comparison the current iPad Air comes with a 9.7-inch display. That’s a substantial increase in size for the iPad Pro. And considering that a base level iPad Air retails for $500, we have to wonder what a much larger, much more powerful iPad Pro will cost. It may well reach the $999 price tag of an 11-inch MacBook Air, or even surpass it depending on storage.
While an iPad and a MacBook are two entirely different products, the report claims that the 11-inch laptop may get the axe. We’re still a year away from an iPad event and all we can do is speculate at this point. But what is becoming more and more certain is that a bigger iPad Pro is definitely coming. Whether it is to replace something in Apple’s lineup or not remains to be seen.
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Apparently, silver and Space Gray aren’t the only two trims the iPad 5 will come in. The insane popularity of the Champagne trim on iPhone 5S forced Apple to make a last-minute change to its product stack. The company is mulling one for its upcoming 9.7-incher.
The Champagne iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 features the same shade of gold as the central portion of the Champagne iPhone 5S, since the iPad 5 doesn’t feature a two-tone back. The matching front bezel is likely to be white, just like on the iPhone 5S.
According to previously leaked news, the iPad 5 will adopt a similar narrow frame design, same processor and camera as on the previous generations, a 9.7-inch IGZO panel, support for stereo speakers, weight and thickness will be reduced, and may be equipped with fingerprint recognition. The iPad mini 2’s shape will have the same design, but the processor and camera will be improved, it may support fingerprint identification, but may not be equipped with a Retian screen.
Chinese publication CTechCN posted these pictures of what it claims to be the Champagne iPad 5 and iPad mini 2. The pictures look plausible to us although we won’t bet our gold on it.
Those of you who were eagerly anticipating the upcoming iPad 5 should consider shifting perspective and looking into the not-so-near future, at the iPad 6. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is talking iPad 6 which he anticipates that will be a 9.7-inch iPad with a pixel density that exceeds today’s iPad by 30 percent to 40 percent.
That’s considerable, as the iPad 4 already has a pretty high pixel density of 264 pixels per inch. The iPad 5 is expected to maintain that pixel density but be thinner and lighter. The Ultra-High resolution iPad would appear in mid-2014.
He does not expect, however, a large 12.9-inch iPad: “Contrary to speculation that next year’s iPad next year may come in a 12-inch form, or larger, we think it will not change from the current 9.7-inch format as we think a 12-inch iPad would not provide a good mobility experience given today’s technology limitations,” he predicted.
Whether that speculation about the non-appearance of a large iPad is borne out, remains to be seen as there has been a lot of supply chain chatter about a large iPad. Kuo also expects Apple to announce an iPad Mini Retina at Apple’s media event later this month.
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