Apple's iPhone launch event is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Reports have already suggested that on this year's September 9 event, Apple will finally be taking the wraps off its new generation models of iPhones, iPads, Apple TV, and Apple Watch bands, along with a gold version of the Watch Sport. Just about a day ahead of the official announcement, 9to5Mac has revealed specification details of the Apple iPad Pro.
The report claims that the Cupertino giant will unveil two new iPads, including the larger iPad Pro and a new iPad mini, at the event, however the bigger iPad will be out by year's end. Apple will announce the device on September 9 and start taking pre-orders in October, but the shipments of the units will begin in November. This could mean that the iPad Pro will reach store shelves only towards the end of November.
The new iPad Pro will be a beast in every sense - be it its hardware or software capabilities. Here are the top rumored specifications of the biggest ever iPad, the iPad Pro:
The iPad Pro will come with a 12.9-inch display with 2732 x 2048 pixels resolution. For instance, the landscape split-screen mode on the iPad Pro will allow two full-sized portrait iPad apps to be shown on screen, unlike the split-screen option (landscape mode) on other iPads that shrink iPad apps to fit side-by-side in the display.
The iPad Pro will look similar to the iPad, apart from its bigger size. It will don a similar aluminum back with curved edges, an iSight rear camera and a FaceTime camera up front. Though it is likely to flaunt four stereo speakers, and come with a single Lightning port that will be placed on the bottom.
The iPad Pro will be powered by A9X chipset which will be bring much better processing power than the iPad Air 2's A8X chip. This will result in much faster performance and a better user-experience.
The base model of iPad Pro will come with 64GB of storage, instead of 16GB space on the base variants of the iPad Air and iPad minis. Apart from the 64GB variant, Apple will also sell a 128GB model which would be priced even higher.
The iPad Pro will run on the newest iOS iteration, the 9.1 version, which is believed to bring improvements and fix bugs.
Previously leaked photos and information have suggested that Apple will launch an additional Rose Gold colored variant of the new iPhones, however it will ship the iPad Pro in the same old Gold, Silver, and Space Grey variations.
There will be several variants of the iPad Pro, with different connectivity options depending up on its model. There will be a variant with built-in LTE capabilities.
Reportedly, the iPad Pro models, including the base variant, will be placed as premium products and will flaunt higher price tags than existing iPad models, reason being its bigger-display design, and high end specifications. As per the report, the highest-end iPad Pro versions that will come with LTE capabilities, will be placed close to Apple's latest MacBooks.
Reportedly, Apple iPad Pro wil support the new Force Touch-integrated iPad stylus and keyboard, though these will not be bundled with the iPad, as the company wants to sell these accessories separately.
Apple has reportedly developed two new versions of keyboard attachment for iPad Pro. One of these versions will be able to double up as a case, while the other that will be similar to the previously designed Bluetooth keyboards that have been sold for Macs and iPads.
The company might also introduce a new range of Smart Covers and Smart Cases tweaked for the larger iPad.