The iPad Pro has been on the cards forever. Ever since Apple’s been making iPads there has been talk of a larger, Pro model. A stylus has often been muted too, as it would allow a higher degree of interaction between applications -- one’s like Photoshop, for instance -- and the user. But it wasn’t until 2015 that the idea of an actual iPad Pro began to take form.
Multiple reports claim Apple is looking at a release inside either Q4 or early Q1 for the iPad Pro. Nothing has been made official just yet, but there is a raft of evidence to suggest the company will update its iPad line with something larger and more powerful, something aimed at professional users.
“Apple has reportedly encountered a few seemingly minor production issues and, as a result,” notes BGR, “they’ve pushed back the iPad Pro’s anticipated release date. This of course has become par for the course for new Apple products, so this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to many. As far as a release date goes, Apple is hoping to begin shipping the device in late November but it remains to be seen if they’ll be able to get it ready for a primetime release before the busy holiday shopping season.”
The iPad Pro will pack in up to 120GB of storage, a HD display -- likely QHD or above --, Apple’s new A9 CPU and full support for a stylus. Beyond this everything will likely function just as it does on the company’s soon to be released iPhones and iPads, meaning TouchID, Force Touch displays and, in the context of the iPad Pro, perhaps up to 4GB of RAM.
The only downside to all of this for the iPad Pro is the cost: reports claim the larger iPad device will retail for around $1200 when it is finally available -- basically, the same price as a MacBook.
Yep, that’s expensive for a tablet. But you can be sure that Apple will be on form when it comes to selling the device at launch. The company did after all manage to convince upwards of one million people to buy an Apple Watch right off the bat.