Is iPad Pro Ready To Proceed?

Posted by Kirhat | Tuesday, August 25, 2015 | | 0 comments »

iPad Pro
After its disappointing sales, Apple desperately needs to do something to keep its tablet interesting. Not only are sales of the iPad on the downswing but it has changed very little in the last couple of years. The iPad Air 2 was a minor improvement over the original iPad Air and the iPad Mini has virtually stagnated.

Enter the "iPad Pro," the most common sobriquet for a rumored giant iPad whose screen size would rival that of 13-inch MacBooks. The latest spate of rumors indicate that the large iPad entering mass production in the September-October time frame.

Also of interest is the rumored use of Apple’s Force Touch technology, which triggers actions based on the amount of pressure applied to the screen. The jumbo iPad, so the chatter goes, may also include a stylus that takes advantage of a Force Touch-enabled screen.

Like all of Apple’s newest products, the rumored device is expected to have a Retina (aka, very high resolution) display and possibly a speedy version of Apple’s next-gen processor, the A9. Apple has become a top-notch processor designer and usually designs special high-performance versions of its A series processors for the iPad.

Hardware aside, timing rumors are also making the rounds. It is not clear if such a product will be part of the new iPhone roll-out expected to happen on 9 September 2015 (or thereabouts). An alternative scenario is later in October, if Apple follows past iPad launch practices.

Also not clear is the potential target market. A tablet that size will undoubtedly be pricey, making it a tough sell to lots of consumers. Other target markets are business, education, and professionals. Certain professions, like healthcare, favor tablets over laptops in some scenarios. And certain engineering field applications are suited for large tablets, as another example.

That would potentially put the tablet in competition with Microsoft’s 12-inch Surface Pro 3. The Surface Pro 3 has been a godsend to some professionals because it’s the first large-screen tablet that’s not only relatively thin and light but packs powerful Intel mainstream processors and, of course, runs Windows.


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