12-inch iPad Air Plus to ship in Q2 next year?

12-inch iPad Air Plus to ship in Q2 next year?

A new report, courtesy of Japanese publication Mac Fan, claims to offer more details about Apple's upcoming 12-inch iPad, including its name and release date.

Speculation has been building for a year that Apple is getting ready to launch a giant tablet. Dubbed the iPad Pro by the world's tech media, it is expected to have a 12-inch display and be focused on productivity as well as multimedia consumption.

Now, the Apple enthusiasts' publication is claiming to have obtained a blueprint of the device - including specifications, dimensions, its name and even a potential release date - reported The Star, citing AFPRelaxNews.

If the published blueprint, first spotted by Macotakara, is indeed accurate, the tablet is going to be called the iPad Air Plus and it will have roughly the same dimensions as a sheet of A4 paper: 305mm x 220mm. However, at 7mm, it will be considerably thicker.

The device will be powered by a new A9 processor - the current iPad Air and the iPhone 6 use an A8 chip - and will have four speakers, one at each corner to ensure stereo sound no matter what the orientation and audio clarity when being used simultaneously by more than one person.

As for its launch, Mac Fan says it will start shipping between April and June.

The publication claims the launch will coincide with Apple bringing out a fourth-generation iPad Mini and retiring the current third-generation and first-generation iPad Mini slates.

That will cut the company's range of tablets of all sizes down to five models, including the iPad Air Plus.

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