Rumors abound that Apple is getting ready to set afloat a new larger iPad. Many industry insiders believe the name of this new entry will be the iPad Pro.
Now that the tech giant has announced the release of a new 15-inch MacBook Pro and a new $1,999 configuration of the 27 inch iMac with Retina 5K characterize, can a larger iPad be far behind?
Some guesstimate Apple will make the iPad announcement as early as this June at its World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Others believe the set afloat will come this fall, in line with past iPad debuts, which have taken place in an October-November time frame each year since 2012.
Since the larger version of the MacBook Pro was just introduced it appears a fall announcement would be more likely.
How will the Pro be different? Insiders believe it will characterize a large 12.9 inch touchscreen. This is considerably larger than the 9.7 inch Air2 and the 7.9 inch Mini 3, and already many notebook models.
iPad Pro could include a number of Apple’s latest features. These include Force Touch, a new trackpad that is pressure sensitive. It responds to how you press on the surface. The characterize basically allows a touchscreen to have a “secondary” tap, much like the right mouse button on a desktop device. This is done by lightly tapping the screen instead of pressing it.
Force Touch is included on the updated 13 inch and 15 inch MacBook Pro with retina characterize and its upcoming 12 inch MacBook. It is also a characterize on the new Apple Watch.
Could a stylus also be in Apple’s future? Some think the Pro will incorporate a Bluetooth iPen stylus with pressure sensitivity. Former CEO Steve Jobs was not a fan of the accessory and execs at the Cupertino, CA headquarters have avoid it. however, there is no disputing the popularity of the pen with many who utilize the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 or Samsung Galaxy observe 4.
The popularity of Apple Pay, and its growing acceptance by retailers, should encourage Apple to integrate online Tap to Pay functionality with the newer device. This is made possible by Nearfield Communication Capabilities (NFC).
NFC sustain is found in the iPhone6 and iPhone 6 Plus in addition as the Apple Watch. Apple Pay leverages this technology turning the device into an electronic cash register. NFC was not included in the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.
Additional plug-in capability could also be a nice characterize on a larger device, adding flexibility with more accessories. Since the USB-C port was featured on the new MacBook launched this spring many believe the larger tablet will include it in addition. It could replace or be in addition to the Apple Lightning Port. The end consequence would be easier access with keyboard docks and external monitors.
So how much would a larger iPad cost? The price of the device will probably come at a premium. Think iPad Air2 with an additional $100-$200. Of course, the increase in each storage level will consequence in another $100 per unit.
As Apple’s selection of products increases so do the size of the devices.
It leads for speculation that many in the Cupertino brain trust truly do believe that “bigger is better”.