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It looks like it is the season of sketchy schematics and component leaks again. Posted by NowhereElse.fr, this image is supposed to confirm the existence of an imminent larger iPad. According to the site, the images come from a source that was reliable in the past, passing over sketches of iPhone 6 chassis that turned out to be the real deal.

The render is rather boring, but an additional row of speaker holes — shown on the top side of the device — is visible. This supports the rumor that the larger iPad, commonly dubbed ‘iPad Pro’, will have stereo speakers. Otherwise, the picture looks like the side of an iPad Air, presumably larger (the image doesn’t give any indication of relative scale).  The source apparently claims the device measures between 6.9 and 7.5 mm in thickness in line with the current iPad range.

Obviously, the reliability of this image is very questionable and should not be treated as hard evidence. At this point, it does seem that a larger iPad is on its way — whether this is a real render of it is another question. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the larger iPad is to be expected in the second quarter. In August, a Bloomberg report said to expect a >12 inch iPad in early 2015. Some people have assumed that Apple’s yet-to-be-released split-screen multitasking mode for iPad will be a key feature of the larger iPad.

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