12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Rumored to Launch After Mid-November as Foxconn Prepares Components

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    The oft-rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" is expected to launch after mid-November as overseas manufacturer Foxconn prepares to start supplying components for the large-sized tablet in late September, according to the sometimes-reliable Taiwanese blog DigiTimes. Apple reportedly remains cautious about placing orders for the "iPad Pro" from suppliers due to declining iPad sales and weakening demand in the overall tablet market.

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    12.9-inch "iPad Pro" dummy model originally shared in February 2015

    DigiTimes has a hit-and-miss track record reporting on Apple's upcoming product plans, so this latest rumor should be treated with a proverbial grain of salt. Nevertheless, the rumor is consistent with previous reports that widely expect the "iPad Pro" to launch in the second half of this year. Apple has also historically announced new iPad models in October, which could line up with a launch around mid-November.

    Last month, Taiwanese iOS developer Hiraku Wang shared iOS 9 beta code that suggests the 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" could have a 2,732×2,048 display at 264 PPI, the same pixel density as the third-generation iPad through iPad Air 2. iPhone developer Steven Troughton-Smith also discovered that the new iPad keyboard on iOS 9 beta is capable of scaling to a larger size with rearranged keys, providing further evidence that Apple could be planning to release a larger-sized tablet in the near future.

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    UIKeyboard view on iOS 9 scales to a larger iPad size (Image: Twitter/Steve T-S)

    The pro-level tablet is also rumored to feature a 12.9-inch flexible display with increased pressure sensitivity, built-in NFC chip, Force Touch, USB-C port and possibly a pressure-sensitive Bluetooth stylus. The tablet would also likely have an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM and Touch ID.

    A related DigiTimes report claims that China-based white-box tablet makers are preparing to capitalize on the "iPad Pro" launch and seasonal shopping trends by releasing tablets in the 10-inch to 15-inch range throughout the second half of 2015. The tablet makers are said to be sourcing components from Taiwan-based touch controller IC makers including ITE Tech, Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) and ILi Technology (Ilitek).

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  2. Dilster3k macrumors 6502a

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    What's the point if it doesn't run OS X?
     
  3. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    It's a cool idea but I personally love my iPad 9.7 inch iPads and think it's the perfect screen size for a tablet. Very easy to carry around in a backpack, easy to hold / use on the go. And I've never felt I needed a bigger screen.
     
  4. coltman75 macrumors regular

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    I'm on the flip side. What's the point if it does run OS X? OS X would be awful on a touch interface, whereas iOS has some really great professional-level tools that take full advantage of what the iPad has to offer.
     
  5. Alex Moran macrumors member

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    All I really want is a stylus that is integrated with the OS
     
  6. Rocketman macrumors 603

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    Kiosk, corporate control systems overviews, CNC mill, accounting departments. Generally businesses not gamers, which is probably the best consumer level use case.

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  7. Keane16 macrumors 6502a

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    Plenty of people that have been clamouring for an iPad with pressure sensitive stylus support. This would be great for them. Some amazing apps n iOS for drawing, but without that stylus support they feel limited.

    That's a random tidbit. Even if that was the case Apple senior execs wouldn't be telling the suppliers.
     
  8. iamgalt macrumors regular

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    Wacom has been making a pressure sensitive stylus that works great with the iPad for a couple of years now.
     
  9. Keane16 macrumors 6502a

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    I personally don't have much use for stylus' - so I'm not the best to argue the positives and negatives. From what I've read the Wacom stylus works ok, but it's no match for a true pressure sensitive display.

    Amazon reviews for example are a mixed bag:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wacom-Intuos-Creative-Stylus-Black/dp/B00ECWADMC
     
  10. arbogast777 macrumors regular

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    You have 5 stylus' at the end of each arm. Very convenient.
     
  11. Pakaku macrumors 68020

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    It doesn't need to be OSX. Apple just needs to address the neutered state of iOS, and bring it "up to speed" with an actual desktop OS. Why should I have to resort to jailbreaking to install an adblocker, to install a firewall, to run software not accepted by Apple's app store, to tweak the way iOS runs, etc? Because not everyone is Grandma, and that's my issue with iOS. (Apologies in advance to the technologically-savvy grandmas who may be reading this.)
     
  12. Zedsdead185 macrumors 6502

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    The Adonit Jot Touch Is a lot better in my opinion. The best stylus to use with Procreate. However, it is still not perfect and I suspect any pressure sensitivity released within conformity of these rumours would blow all these styli out of the water. I only tend to use mine for quick sketches and such, but if i get onto anything, I just end up working on my intuos on my mac.

    heres the link to the adonit if you are interested

    http://www.adonit.net/jot/touch/
     
  13. Pakaku macrumors 68020

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    That's really funny. Finger-painting is a horrendous way to draw. There is a very good reason why Wacom's Cintiq lineup still ships with pens.
     
  14. Pakaku macrumors 68020

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    It's not perfect because it's essentially still emulating a finger, with extra functions to tell the iPad "I'm pressing harder". A lower-level pressure-sensitive pen shipped with the iPad would be perfect.
     
  15. martygras9 macrumors 6502

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    Have you ever used a Wacom Cintiq? Use one once and you'll see why using an iPad for design is like finger painting. Don't get me wrong, I love the iPad in its current form, but I'm very intrigued about this.
     
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    Ah! Beat me to it.
     
  17. wheelhot macrumors 68020

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    I've thought about this as well but I came to a realization that it'll be foolish if Apple made it run OSX as the apps are not optimized for touch (and probably will never be) and there's some real professional apps that's already been made for the iPad, and once iPad pro comes up, I believe these apps will be more advance and more serious apps will be created.

    Though I hope they'll allow something like a target display mode where I can hook up my iPad to my Mac as a second touch specific monitor, would be useful for graphic, design and photo apps
     
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    i'd go a step further and say the cintiq is objectively useless without its stylus (even if they'd made it finger-touch sensitive). yet it's a multi-million dollar company. hmmm... could it be that many apple users and MR commenters know absolutely bupkis about what demographic this iPad pro would be courting?

    we get it. you love jailbreaking. you love poring over the minute details of computers and devices. but you're in no way a person who would EVER need to draw or draft or animate something at a professional level. among all the other activities a stylus would lend itself nicely to. in fact, a stylus is what WOULD make OS X a viable touch0screen os. if it's roughly the size of a 13" macbook, how could you NOT imagine the joy of being able to click something on the screen?

    hmmm. ipad. 'pro'. ipad. 'pro'.... "are you getting it yet?"
     
  19. teslo macrumors 6502a

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    doesn't need to be 'optimized' for touch in the sense that iOS is. you just need to be ABLE to touch things. and according to the wacom community, Yosemite is far more touch capacitive than any previous iterations - check youtube, they've hacked a cintiq companion to run yosemite and it's not 'terrible'
     
  20. lokey macrumors regular

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    A larger iPad is such an odd product to me. The iPad is a hold with your hands product, and I feel like the 9.7 inch iPad is the right size for that. Larger screen means heavier most likely, so arm fatigue is a factor.

    Eventually it seems to me that Apple is going to have to introduce some built-in way of propping up the device (don't call it a kickstand, i.e. Surface).
     
  21. jlc1978 macrumors 68020

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    Same here a stylus that really works so you can actually take notes etc. I'm in. The 12 inch display would be a nice second monitor as well. I currently use Duet with my Air and it is a great combo with my Mac. If Apple makes a stylus that works with the Air then I'd just go with that.
     
  22. jlc1978 macrumors 68020

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    They do. It's called a cover or case. No need to ruin the back with some hinge and propping mechanism.
     
  23. lokey macrumors regular

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    That solution doesn't seem as elegant. Apple can do better.
     
  24. jlc1978 macrumors 68020

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    I disagree. There are some fundamental differences between a touch enabled device and a mouse GUI; starting with the angle of use (vertical vs. horizontal), how you interact with on screen objects and even the use of screen space, for example how a keyboard takes up half of the screen. What is needed, IMHO, is a tight integration of OSX and iOS so a drawing app could be open on each and exchange info and allow the iPad to act as a tablet or ancillary tool. In addition, add the ability to use the iPad as a second monitor natively when connected via the thunderbolt port.
     
  25. jlc1978 macrumors 68020

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    I guess we just disagree. I think Apple's cases are a very elegant solution while retaining a small form factor.
     

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