Apple iPad is already at 12.9-inches, however, this screen side does not seem to be the end of Apple iPad screen development. According to recent reports, the Cupertino company is developing a 15-inch iPad that can run Mac applications. In the latest issue of Power On, Apple’s Mark Gurman reiterated his view that Apple engineers and design teams are developing iPad products with larger screens. Well, the speculations so far are that the display may correspond to 15 inches.
What’s strange is that the 15-inch iPad’s locked-in competitor is not an Android tablet, but a smart large-screen speaker. Market competitors include Amazon Echo Show 15. CIRP data shows that in the North American smart speaker market, Apple’s share is only 5%, far behind Amazon’s 69% and Google’s 25%.
So what are the highlights of the 15-inch iPad?
Of course, the display will naturally be the major selling point of this device. However, there are reports that the 15-inch iPad will support running Mac applications in some way. Furthermore, the body of this device will have to be thick because of the powerful sound. The thickness of the body will be necessary to accommodate the sound unit. Also, the power interface of this device will be at the rear and it also supports wall hanging.
Judging from the above information alone, the positioning of this product seems to have a lot of surprises, especially in the 15-inch size. Of course, we do not expect this device to be cheap and regular buyers may not be able to purchase this device.
Apple will use titanium alloy in the next-gen iPad
Over the past few years, Apple has been exploring different design solutions to improve the iPad. A recent report claims that the company is now considering the use of titanium alloys to make iPad casings. This titanium alloy will replace the current aluminum alloy casings on iPads. The new generation iPads may be the first model to adopt this new material. Recently, Apple has applied for many patents related to titanium alloy casings. In the future, devices that may use titanium alloy include MacBook, iPad, and iPhone. In comparison with stainless steel, titanium alloys are harder and more resistant to scratches.
However, the strength of titanium also makes it difficult to etch. Therefore, Apple has developed a sandblasting, etching, and chemical process that can give the titanium shell a high-gloss surface treatment, making it more attractive. Apple has also been studying the use of thin oxide surface coatings to deal with the problem of fingerprints. Industry insiders claim that Apple’s consistent approach is to test the radical upgrades on the iPad. The new generation iPad will first adopt this build material. The reason why the company is not considering the iPad Pro is that the device supports wireless charging.