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Manufacturing Mold for 'iPad Pro' Rear Shell or Dummy Unit Shown in New Photo

A user on China's Weibo microblogging site today posted a new photo (via Letem svetem Applem) simply labeled "iPad Pro". The photo shows what appears to be a mold for the rear shell of Apple's rumored larger tablet with a display in the range of 12-13 inches, although it is unclear whether this mold is supposed to be for an actual iPad Pro shell or for a dummy unit such as the one that surfaced in a photo last May.

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Few details can be discerned from the relatively poor quality photo, although it does appear to show faint details that could represent an Apple logo in the center and perhaps a rear camera feature in a corner. Exact size is also unknown, but it certainly appears larger than an iPad Air.

The relatively simple design of the mold suggests this may be an unofficial mold being used create dummy units for manufacturers. Such units frequently, but not always, turn out to be accurately based on information leaking out of Apple's supply chain.

Timing on a release for the iPad Pro has been in question for some time, with The Wall Street Journal reporting last October that Apple had pushed back production on the device in order to allow its suppliers to focus on the popular iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Reports have indicated the device could still launch in the April-June timeframe, but there have yet to be any apparently legitimate part leaks for the device.

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19 months ago
Article Update: Mold is in fact for a Martha Stewart Baking Sheet.
Rating: 12 Votes
19 months ago
If only digital camera technology could improve beyond 640x480.
Rating: 12 Votes
19 months ago
Aren't these metal bodies on iPads, MacBooks, etc. machined?

How do you create a metal body with a mould?
Rating: 10 Votes
19 months ago
this is pointless without scale
Rating: 8 Votes
19 months ago
iPad Pro



You heard it here first.
Rating: 8 Votes
19 months ago

milking it.

i have no desire for another ipad, let alone an 'ipad pro'.
i mean realistically what 'pro things' can an ipad pro do that a 13" macbook pro can't do better?

or are they using MS's definition of Surface 'Pro'..

milking it. not really filling in a need anywhere.


^ lines up to buy it :P
Rating: 6 Votes
19 months ago
I mean, it's interesting, but with no scale how can you be certain it isn't a 9.7" mold?
Rating: 5 Votes
19 months ago

Besides, it looks like the image of the mold is superimposed onto the background.


I don't agree. Perspectives are correct. Very difficult to pull off on a paste job.
Rating: 3 Votes
19 months ago
Still waiting for an iPad with a real stylus and digitizer. I'm hoping that will be a big part of the Pro, but not holding my breath. I thought after Jobs' death Apple would for sure pursue a stylus in some form.
Rating: 3 Votes
19 months ago

does anyone actually WANT this?


Apple will know a way to add exclusive features to it so you or at least a considerable amount of people will want it.

You know, similar to how the iPhone 6+ has features not found on the smaller iPhone 6.

Glassed Silver:mac
Rating: 3 Votes

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