Apple is developing a business-focused iPad for some time a 12.9-inch iPad known as the iPad Pro. Read on for all its reported specs and features and details that we have got to know so far, and more are emerging now daily –
A new, bigger screen
The new iPad is rumoured that it will be Apple’s biggest iPad yet. The iPad Air 2 which is currently the latest iPad by Apple, being released in 2014, The Screen measures 9.7-inches diagonally , while the iPad mini 3 sports a 7.9-inch Screen. Leaks suggest that the latest model The iPad Pro’s screen will measure between 12.2 – 12.9-inches, with dimensions of 305.3 x 220.8 x 7mm, which seems quite cool as it would be awesome to work on as you get more real estate to work on and you can see more.
A display that size would be much bigger than the recently launched 12-inch MacBook by Apple in 2015, and would be away from the casual web browsing and gaming approach that currently Apple follows and into more business-facing ventures. A larger display also means that the long wait for multi-tasking for iOS is over, and which will allow users to run multiple apps on the screen simultaneously.
The screen is also alleged to sport improved touch latency for using the feature Force Touch, which was currently introduced into the Apple Watch and the New Macbook – which will make it possible to perform a variety of different actions in different apps using the same surface – and use with a Bluetooth-enabled stylus.
Apple could be poised to reverse its long-standing aversion to styluses. Former chief executive Steve Jobs was vocal in his dislike of the accessory, saying in 2007: “Who wants a stylus? You have to get them and put them away, you lose them, yuck! Nobody wants a stylus.”
A report from respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in January claimed the Californian company intends to produce an accompanying stylus based on a number of stylus themed patents Apple has filed and his own research, AppleInsider has reported.
Apple has filed numerous patents around stylus use with iPads in the past few years, but no official Apple product has made it to market as of yet, and we know so that it will be debuting with the Apple iPad Pro because of the large screen and the business nature of the new tablet. Stylus made by third party companies have been available since the launch of the very first iPad in 2010.
A pressure-sensitive stylus could be developed to support 3D handwriting and wireless charging in the future, he said, but it’s unlikely these features would be included in any product released in 2015, but we still hope that it comes as a free accessory with the iPad Pro, not an added gimmick which we have to pay more to get.
A stylus is another indication that the product is destined for an business and student market given the handwriting recognition and precision it affords. Last year, the company teamed up with IBM to create mobile apps for businesses and for IBM to help sell iPads to corporate customers, which is just a small wink from Apple hinting towards the launch of the iPad Pro.
in January, a user on China’s Weibo microblogging site posted a photo of what appeared to be a mould for the rear shell of the tablet, with an estimated display size of 12-13 inches. The photo was simply labeled “iPad Pro”.
The photo was reportedly taken at Apple manufacturer Foxconn’s factory in China. Although the image is blurred, it does appear to show a faint impression of an Apple logo in the centre and perhaps a rear camera feature in a corner, could it be a fake?
It could but we are not thinking so as more and more photos are coming online and Sonny Dickson also sent out cases that were designed by manufacturers for the iPad Pro.
Apple Pay comes to iPad
A source told AppleInsider the new iPad Pro is finally going to include a near field communication (NFC) radio, allowing it to act as a payment-receiving terminal for Apple Pay.
When will it be available
Production has been rumoured to be delayed until September over issues with the display panels, people familiar with the matters told Bloomberg. Apple’s display suppliers include Sharp, Japan Display and LG Display, according to the company’s supplier list. Share prices at all three companies fell in March following the news.
The time frame suggests the iPad Pro could be announced alongside the next cycle of iPhones, believed to be called the iPhone 7, in September, or at a separate event in October like the iPad Air 2 and mini 3’s launch event, should Apple choose to stick to the launch cycle of recent years, which we hope it will.
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