While most of today's consumer tablet market is driven by standard 7-inch and 8-inch tablets from the likes of Samsung, Google and Sony, Apple seems keen on leveraging the success of iPad Air and iOS 7, to create a new -- and possibly hybrid -- brand of slate-like tablets that will be larger than a regular iPad and almost mimic the functionality of a laptop.
In this, Apple seems to be in direct competition with Google's own line of Chromebooks, the ultraportable, internet-enabled laptops. There's also a nod to Samsung Galaxy Note Pro in terms of hardware & specs, and an acknowledgment of the growing popularity of Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
Said to be a 12-inch tablet (12.9"), iPad Pro is reportedly a hybrid combination of an iPad Air mixed with the best specifications of the MacBook Pro series.
If this iconic concept does come into fruition in 2014 then the device itself will feature a higher resolution 2K and 4K display (on different models) and also have eye tracking.
This is in addition to another expected 2014 release from the California company -- that of iPhone 6.
There has also been talk of customizing iPad Air and the iOS platform for education.