Apple is rumored to be announcing a larger screen iPad sometime later this summer–possibly during WWDC, with a release date expected somewhere in the fall. This has been a persistent rumor that has been around for a while but has gained some momentum since the beginning of the year. Some potential rumored hardware features include an Apple supported stylus, support for Force Touch technology in the screen similar to what is now found in the new MacBook, and possibly even a USB-C connection in addition to, or instead of a Lightning connector.
Most of the tech media has been anticipating a larger iPad form factor for months. Last weekend, Apple Insider reported that someone familiar with Apple’s future products has indicated that in addition to the afore mentioned features, a larger iPad “Pro” will also include the following
12.5-13″ screen size
NFC Radio to be used as an Apple Pay terminal
New touchscreen to coincide with pressure sensitive, Bluetooth connected Apple Stylus
Upgraded A-Series processor
So this begs the question–If this limited amount of “rumored” info resembles what Apple releases this fall, are you interested in buying a larger screen iPad? If so, what would be the appeal for you? Are you an artist by trade, and are intrigued by the possibility of a pressure sensitive stylus and improved touchscreen that also responds to levels of applied pressure? What are the advantages of a device that’s as large as a MBA, but isn’t as powerful or versatile? One would expect Apple to bring the same ForceTouch technology to it’s whole iPad line in addition to the iPhone–unless it would be reserved for the top of the line products such as the iPad Pro and the iPhone 6S Plus we expect to be announced later this summer.
I can’t help but think such a device would hover around the $1000 price-point, too. Is there enough appeal/up-side to use iOS over OS X on a similar sized form-factor? A larger device with a steeper price tag would probably warrant a case of some sort for protection as well–further increasing care and investment costs. Who is the target consumer here? Does the Pro label indicate a niche audience like the Mac Pro? Seems like for the most part it would be too large to be effective as an education/demonstrative tool in schools, too. Perhaps when/if Apple releases this device they will have a price tag and a use-case scenario that will make sense–but right now, I just don’t see it. Am I in the minority here? Let me know what you think in the comments section below.