Ever since Apple’s launch of the iPad Air last year, we’ve all been wondering if there is more to that “Air” name than meets the eye. Apple is currently using the MacBook Air as its entry-level laptop, and has the MacBook Pro line-up for higher-end needs, so it could be easy to assume that if there is an iPad Air in the works, there should be an iPad Pro coming soon. Still, analysts have predicted that there won’t be an iPad Pro this year, though that doesn’t deprive Apple of the right to test it.
We’ve got a leaked image that shows us a significantly larger iPad chassis, in a very rough cut. Obviously products that are machined go through lots of processes to look the way they do when we buy them, and this product seems to still need to go through the camera and Apple logo cut-out process. It is hard to predict if this product is real or fake, but given the fact that it’s hard for just anyone to have machining equipment at home, it could be that this is an initial prototype that Apple could be testing.
With the lukewarm results of the iPad in the last couple of quarters, it’s clear that Apple needs to find new ways to innovate in this market, and a 12.9-inch professional tablet could be the answer. The question left would be if Apple will retain the iPad mini in future years, if the iPad Air becomes the entry-level tablet.