A word from the tech street has it that Apple could push ahead with the launch of its new 10.5-inch iPad Pro from fall this year to just this April itself. This, of course, is a solid piece of the rumor but is being backed by what is being termed as reliable sources that owe allegiance to the Taiwanese site DigiTimes. The sources again have based their assumptions on Apple supply chain movements.
The above also seems to be in line with a similar prediction made by the mobile marketing firm Fiksu that too claims that launch of the new iPad Pro could be just round the corner. Fiksu based its claims on the new iPad Pro models running iOS 10.3 being tested in the San Francisco Bay Area that it came across in the device tracking logs that the firm had access to.
That Apple’s whole new campus dubbed Apple Park is slated for a grand opening in April is another reason that some believe, could pave the way for the launch of at least the 10.5-inch iPad Pro model. Launching of a whole new iPad model will no doubt set the tone for the unveiling of the new Apple campus though there could still be one hiccup in the plan – the auditorium named Steve Jobs Theatre is not slated to become operational before this year end. This alone makes the association between the inauguration of Apple Park next month with the launch of 10.5-inch iPad a bit wobbly.
As for the model in question, speculation earlier had pegged the device to come with a new design theme characterized by nearly absent bezels. This will allow the fitment of a larger 10.5-inch display even though the basic footprint of the device will continue to be roughly the same as the 9.7-inch iPad.
Apple is believed to be targeting the education and business segments with its new iPad Pro models and will come with a newly designed stylus as well. Among the new features, the stylus is expected to come with include a magnetic attachment that will allow it to cling to the tablet while an additional clip will allow it to be placed in the pocket similar to conventional pens.
The remaining iPad models which include a revamped 12.9-inch iPad Pro, along with a cheaper 9.7-inch iPad is also likely in the works.