Rumors about the iPad Pro have been circulating for over a year (maybe even longer), but a new report narrows down the possible features of the bigger iPad that could release next year.
According to Japanese website MacOtakara, the iPad Pro will come with a 12.2-inch display along with a body that could be just 7mm thick, putting it in between the iPhone 6 and the iPad Air 2, but not as thin as the 6.1mm iPad Air 2.
Furthermore, the new tablet is rumored to come with stereo speakers, thanks to the addition of two more speakers at the top of the device rather than just at the bottom.
Perhaps what’s more interesting is that Apple will market the iPad Pro has a horizontal tablet, rather than a vertical one, seeing as how all of Apple’s press shots and demos are with the iPad standing up, rather than being in landscape mode. That will definitely be something new for the company, but it’s said that the position of the Home button and the front-facing camera won’t change from current standards.
It’s actually been a couple of months since we last heard of an iPad Pro rumor, even though speculation about the larger tablet has circulated for several years now.
If the iPad Pro does indeed see the light of day, it will most likely be aimed at professionals, such as photographers, designers, architects, etc. Of course, the iPad is already a useful device in these professions, but a version with a larger screen and faster internals could be an even better device for such users.
Other than the rumored release timeline, we don’t know much about this fabled iPad Pro. We heard late last year that the device would have a Retina display, but would come with an ever higher resolution than the current resolution found on today’s iPad’s, making the iPad Pro one of the highest resolution displays on the market if it releases.
Furthermore, we were told back in November of last year that production of 12.9-inch iPad displays was underway, with a prediction that 2014 would be the year that we would see the iPad Pro, so there’s certainly some inconsistencies as far as the rumored release timeline, and we definitely won’t be seeing the iPad Pro this year.
2015 could be the year, though, but we won’t be holding our breath, as there is simply no solid evidence or rumors of such a device releasing anytime soon.
Apple launched new iPads last month in the form of the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3. Both tablets received the company’s popular Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which was definitely one of the features that users were looking forward to the most, especially after it was introduced on the new iPhone 5s last year.
One of the biggest reasons that the Touch ID fingerprint sensor is so popular is because of the convenience it offers when unlocking your device and purchasing apps in the iTunes App Store. It’s a lot quicker and easier than entering in your passcode every time, as well as typing in your confusing Apple ID password whenever you want to buy an app.
The iPad Pro will most likely come with a Touch ID fingerprint sensor as well, but we’re still taking the entire rumor of a larger iPad with a grain of salt until we get confirmation from a more-reliable source. Hopefully it won’t be long until we hear more about a larger iPad, though.