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The upcoming new iPad Pro 2 could well be the ace that Apple needs to bring its iPad device back to the growth trajectory.

Having already seen the iPhone 7 and the MacBook, the next Apple device in line for a launch is the new iPad Pro 2. And from what we have known of the upcoming iOS tablet so far, what seems a certainty is that the new Pro 2 will be a game changer in its segment.

Mentioned here are the trends being associated with the Pro 2 that can make the device stand out not only from the tablet crowd but even its own peers.

Design:

Apple could be attempting something radical here with rumor doing the rounds is that the iconic home button that has been a constant feature of every iOS device since their inception might finally be junked. Instead, the front will be all glass, with very thin bezels all round. However, there is going to be some width at the top to allow the fitment of the FaceTime camera.

Another advantage to having an entirely glass at the front is that there can be a bigger display fitted onto a smaller chassis. That way, one can have all the advantage of a portable device without compromising on the screen real estate.

Among the other rumors here is that the Pro 2 will be a tad thicker than the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Further, the headphone jack that Apple had so famously omitted from the iPhone 7 (and drawn some flak for it as well) will be present on the Pro 2, as will be the quad speaker arrangement.

Processor:

Powering the new Pro 2 will be the more powerful A10X chip, which will have more processing punch while sipping less of battery juice. Both the 9.7-inch iPad pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro makes do with the A9X chip, which makes the rumors of the A10X chip making a debut on the Pro 2 hardly surprising.

No word yet if the RAM too will be beefed up though chances are that the internal storage size might be rejigged a bit. For instance, a new higher 512 GB variant might be introduced while the base 32 GB could be on the way out.

Software:

With rumors claiming the new Pro 2 likely to be launched around March 2017 (9.7-inch iPad was launched on March 21, 2016, while the 12.9-inch iPad Pro was introduced on November 2015), the device would still be running iOS 10 out of the box. As such, there is going to be no surprises here and will behave just the same as the current iPad versions.

The earliest that Apple would be launching the next iteration of iOS will be during the WWDC event that happens in June. And there is no reason to believe Apple would be delaying the launch of the Pro 2 that long after it had launched the first generation Pro back in Nov 2015.

Overall, the iPad Pro 2 will no doubt be a power packed offering that can make consumers to look at the tablet from a whole new perspective.

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  1. The big questions are a) whether or not there will be support for a mouse, and b) will they expand the Bluetooth capabilities, c) will they support file transfer, d) will the Wi-Fi only version include a GPS?, e) will their be a MicroSD card slot, and f) will there be a USB port?

    On Android tablets, you plug in a mouse, a cursor appears, and all apps can use it. It’s extremely useful on some productivity apps.

    Android supports all the necessary Bluetooth profiles for commercial and industrial applications, while iOS does not.

    Android allows file transfer in and out of the tablet for all file types, while Apple limits file transfers into iOS devices to photos only (there is a complex workaround by disguising a ZIP file with non=photo files as RAW Nikon images, then renaming it once it’s in the iPad and then unzipping it, but it’s a pain).

    Android W-Fi only tablets (other than the very low-end off-brand models) all include GPS functionality, while on the iPad if you don’t get the cellular model you don’t get a GPS. There are a great many extremely useful Android apps that use GPS. On the Wi-Fi only iPad models you must use an external Bluetooth GPS which costs nearly $100.

    e) A MicroSD card slot is a very convenient way of storing large amounts of data, or importing data from a camera. A 200GB MicroSD card costs only about $65. Obviously this will never happen on an Apple device, they even removed the memory card slot from the Macbook Pro.

    f) USB port. One of my Android tablets has a full size USB port. It’s really nice for file transfer without using a computer. Obviously Apple is not going to put a USB port on and iOS device, full-size, mini, or Micro.

    Android tablets have the advantage of being able to be used for commercial, industrial, and business applications, while the iPad is more for just entertainment. It is very frustrating to use an iPad after using an Android tablet, because of the “walled garden.” If you didn’t use an Android tablet prior to using an iPad you never even realize how capable a tablet can actually be.

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