Rumors circulated last year that Apple was working on a larger iPad, possibly with either a 12.9" or a 13.3" screen, but it wasn't until today that any real proof existed to show that the rumors were real.A new photo was posted to Weibo earlier today which appears to show an aluminum mold carved in the shape of a larger iPad. As you can see in the photo, Apple's logo and the camera can be seen in the aluminum block. According to my source, if it is real then this would likely be used to protective shells for the iPad Maxi.
So is this real? I don't know, but it is not implausible. I fully expect that Apple will seek to bolster their flagging tablet sales by releasing a larger iPad, and this mold might be used to make accessories.
I'm also told that this picture came from the same Weibo account which posted a photo of a similar aluminum mold for the iPhone 6 (the one with a 4.7" screen), and that does make this image more plausible.
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