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The megapad is coming: iPad Pro with 12.9inch pressure sensitive screen set to launch later this year

The new iPad would dwarf Apple's existing range of machines.

Apple is set to launch a giant iPad called the iPad Plus this year to take on the rising challenge from Microsoft's surface and Android tablets, it has been claimed. The firm is also hoping the larger screen will help it differentiate the iPad from the big screen iPhone 6 Plus.

It is also believed to include a all-new Bluetooth stylus accessory with pressure sensitivity, and a new pressure sensitive screen. A person familiar with Apple's future product plans has revealed that the company is in fact working on an all-new iPad with a larger 12.9-inch display, according to AppleInsider
The tablet is also expected to have four speakers, and could even features two charging ports allowing it to remain plugged in when in either portrait of landscape mode.
The tablet is also expected to have four speakers, and could even features two charging ports allowing it to remain plugged in when in either portrait of landscape mode.
This person said that Apple is expected to include an NFC radio within the new 12.9-inch iPad. While tap-to-pay functionality in an iPad is unlikely, the inclusion of NFC could allow for an 'iPad Pro' to serve as a payment receiving terminal for Apple Pay. The inclusion of NFC could also allow for simplified pairing with accessories, such as the new stylus said to be in the works.
The photo of the mould (pictured) was reportedly taken at Apple manufacturer Foxconn's factory in China. Experts have estimated that the mould would produce a tablet that measures 12 inches in height, 8.7 inches wide and 0.27 inches deep (305.3mm x 220.8 mm x 7mm).
The photo of the mould (pictured) was reportedly taken at Apple manufacturer Foxconn's factory in China. Experts have estimated that the mould would produce a tablet that measures 12 inches in height, 8.7 inches wide and 0.27 inches deep (305.3mm x 220.8 mm x 7mm).
The source also indicated that the jumbo-sized iPad will sport a new touchscreen with improved touch latency. Apple's next-generation iPhone, referred to colloquially as the 'iPhone 6s,' will also feature the Force Touch input that is currently available on the Apple Watch and latest MacBooks, it is believed. The iPad Pro is also expected to have a USB-C input, though they didn't indicate whether it would be a new, second port option, or if USB-C would replace the Lightning connector found on current iPads. Cases based on allegedly leaked 'iPad Pro' designs
A leaked photo of a sketch (pictured) reportedly taken by an employee who works in a Foxconn factory, where iPads are made, also suggests that the rumours of an ‘iPad Air Plus’ with a 12.2 inch screen, are true
A leaked photo of a sketch (pictured) reportedly taken by an employee who works in a Foxconn factory, where iPads are made, also suggests that the rumours of an 'iPad Air Plus' with a 12.2 inch screen, are true
The big screen tablet is believed to be planned for release towards the end of the year. Rhoda Alexander, an analyst at market researcher IHS, said the pans were already well advanced. 'Our supply side (sources say) it's a go for 2015,' Alexander told FoxNews.com. 'The release timing is fuzzy, It may not appear until Q4 (fourth quarter) with the other iPad updates.

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