Apple and its manufacturing partners are rumored to begin mass production of the 12.9-inch iPad in the first quarter of 2015.

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When Tim Cook took over the helm at Apple, there were many doubters among the masses on whether or not Cook and his team can continue to innovate.  Fast forward several years, and we still have iPhones and iPads.  The iPad mini, which was a hit amongst many consumers, broke away from Jobs’ philosophy and hence it was a signal that Cook was steering Apple in a different direction.

Diversification of the iPad portfolio won’t stop at just the iPad mini, and, according Bloomberg, sources ‘with knowledge of the matter’ are reporting that iPad enthusiasts will have another iPad size to select from early next year.  Many speculate that the 12.9-inch display will appease ‘power users’ that want to migrate completely to the tablet form-factor.  Hence, the notebook-sized iPad might be dubbed an ‘iPad Pro’ and may come with a keyboard docking option.

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Renders via MacRumors

The iPad Pro won’t arrive in time for the holiday season this year, but most are expecting Apple to make headlines when it unveils the two latest iPhone models—reportedly one with 4.7-inch display and another with 5.5-inch–later next month.

Source: bloomberg