DIY: How to Make an iPad Mockup, 100% Scale Model

Monday, February 1, 2010
By OP Editor

Want to pull a Steve Colbert? Want to get your hands on the new Apple iPad tablet? Don’t want to wait 2 months? Apple’s new iPad tablet computer is not available at Apple Store yet, but here’s how you can get one: instructions on how to make a DIY iPad mockup, at 100% scale.

UPDATE, new Feb 7 Version here:
DIY iPad Papercraft Mockup: Improved, Apple Tablet V2 iPapercraft

Apple iPad full size mockup high resolution image download

If you are wondering about the actual size of Apple’s new tablet, this 100% scale, high-resolution printable iPad mockup would give you a good idea.

Think the Apple slate tablet iPad black border is too thick? After having a real iPad or full-sized mockup iPad in your hands, the border will definitely make sense.

Some Apple fans / prop makers with CNC machines or 3D printers probably made 3D models of the Apple iPad already. But this basic DIY iPad mockup is for everyone who has access to a printer.

DIY: How to Make an iPad Mockup, 100% Scale Model


Image editing app that respects DPI settings
Printer, scissors

Step 1

Download images here:

Apple iPad High Resolution Image, Home Screen:

DIY, How to Make an Apple iPad Mockup, full scale model, high resolution
Download, high resolution Apple iPad front, Home Screen

Apple iPad High Resolution Image, iTunes App Store:

DIY, Apple iTunes App Store, How to Make an iPad Mockup, full scale model, high resolution
Download, high resolution Apple iPad front, App Store

Apple iPad High Resolution Image, Back:

Back, Apple iPad full size printable mockup
Download, high resolution Apple iPad back

Note the “.something” files are mac icon / database files, which you don’t need.

Step 2

Open the image with an image editing program, such as Photoshop. Make sure:

  • Image is 150DPI
  • Resample image: NO

Apple iPad full scale mockup, photoshop settings

Do not print with your browser! The 100% Scale Model should have printed dimensions near: Width 7.5 inches (190 mm) and Height 9.6 inches (243 mm).

Step 3

Print. Cut it out.

Optional: Glue to cardboard layered to the right height of 0.5 inch (13.4 mm) and cut. You might need to cut it before gluing cardboard layers together.

UPDATE: instead of cardboard, foamcore and spray-mount adhesive can be used (mentioned by TUAW).


Back of iPad is sculpted, which will be difficult to simulate unless you have model / set building skills. Too much to go into in a simple guide.

If you want a real glowing screen, and real GUI that rotates based on the iPad orientation, you probably need a lot more hardware and resources than discussed in this simple DIY guide.

The iPad weights about the same as 5 iPhones. So you can try to pull off a Yann Tiersen if you got some tape and got a bunch of iPhones. (Idea: 5 iPhones taped with gaffer tape to back of cardboard?)

Unless you make a model from metal you probably won’t get it to 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg) wi-fi model weight. Got any ideas for a good way to simulate the weight?

Image Credit: iPad High Resolution Mock Up

Image Copyright Apple [], for personal use only.
Enlarged and photoshopped by ObamaPacman

Want more?
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