Apple is planning a 12.2-inch iPad that will rival Microsoft's Surface tablet. The big iPad, which many are calling the "iPad Pro," will be thinner than the iPhone 6 Plus, according to Japanese site Macotakara, via Apple Insider. The iPad Pro will supposedly have better speakers than an iPad Air 2, but it will be similar to an iPad Air. There have been numerous reports about Apple developing a larger iPad, so we believe it's going to happen. The larger iPad seems like it would fill the gap between the current iPad and a laptop if Apple were able to change the software and add an attachable keyboard like Microsoft does with the Surface.
If Apple does an iPad Pro it will be a bit of a surprise since the company's executives have been overwhelmingly dismissive of the Surface. In 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook was asked about two-in-one laptop/tablet hybrids. This is what he said:
I think, Tony, anything can be forced to converge. But the problem is that products are about trade-offs, and you begin to make trade-offs to the point where what you have left at the end of the day doesn't please anyone. You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user.
And so our view is that the tablet market is huge. And we've said that since day one. We didn't wait until we had a lot of results. We were using them here, and it was already clear to us that there was so much you could do and that the reasons that people would use those would be so broad. And that's precisely what we've seen.