According to a new report by 9to5Mac, anonymous sources inside the Apple supply chain who have either used the ‘iPad Pro’ or are familiar with the product, are claiming that the device’s ‘monster’ 12.9-inch screen is actually what gives the upcoming tablet its “Pro” capabilities, such as side by side running of two full-sized portrait iPad apps in the device’s landscape split-screen mode. Furthermore, it will host an A9X chip, which will be a “large” leap over the iPad Air 2’s A8X.
The report claims that the base model of iPad Pro will likely ship with 64GB of storage, while a pricier 128GB model will also be offered. The device will run iOS 9.1 with built-in LTE capabilities and support for a Bluetooth stylus and a new Apple-designed Bluetooth keyboard. It is also being speculated that the prices of the highest-end iPad Pro versions with LTE chips will compare closely to Apple’s latest MacBooks.
“First, we understand that production of the new tablet is running slightly behind schedule. While Apple still plans to announce the device this week, open up pre-orders in October, and begin shipping in November, we understand that the first shipments may fall towards the end of November. Even then, it seems likely that the device will experience initial supply constraints, despite a higher set of price tags than existing iPad models”.
Last week, it was reported that the upcoming special event will also include the debut of the 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ as well as the company’s next iPad mini 4.