Apple is expected to go big with the next iPad, but according to a new rumor, maybe not as big as people have been saying. The company’s widely expected larger iPad, often referred to as the iPad Pro, will feature a 12.2-inch display, smaller than the rumored 12.9-inch size, according to Japanese site Macotakara, which has occasionally provided accurate rumors on Apple products. The iPad Air 2, released last month, has a 9.7-inch display.
Apple is expected to announce a huge iPad in early 2015, and a new report details some of the tablet’s specs. According to the reliable Japanese site Macotakara, the larger iPad (or ‘iPad Pro’, as it’s been dubbed by the press) will feature a 12.2-inch display and improved stereo audio. The device will also reportedly be about as thin as an iPhone. While mainstream reports from the last few months have said that the iPad Pro will have a 12.9-inch display, Macotakara is the first to say 12.2-inches instead. Interestingly, such a display would make the iPad very similar in dimensions to the rumored 12-inch MacBook Air Apple is working on. The implication of today’s report is that the iPad Pro will be used primarily in landscape instead of portrait, like the Microsoft Surface. Stereo speakers on both sides of the device will offer a more luxurious audio experience, and it’s easy to imagine Apple utilizing Beats technology for such an upgrade.