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iPad Pro 2 Rumours

Posted by Andrea Baker on

It's been more than a year since Apple surprised the world by releasing a whole new iPad varietal in the form of the Pro. It was a larger iPad than ever before at 12.9 inches, and boasted increased storage with stylus compatibility.

If that wasn't enough, six months later they backed it up with a 9.7-inch model that featured additional extras like improved cameras.

Now, 13 months after the initial release, many are wondering what's next for the Pro and when it will be delivered. We'll take an educated guess and look at some of the rumors below. 

Rumor has it...

Plenty of rumors are doing the rounds at present about the iPad Pro version 2, with many tipping a release date of late this year or March next. With the end of the year now in sight, March 2017 looks the more likely option, while further rumblings include talk of better cameras, more durability and an even lighter, slimmer design.

iPad Pro 2017

Camera

PC Advisor tips the cameras will include the 12MP iSight main camera with live pictures and 4K video recording, along with the 5MP front FaceTime HD camera with Retina Flash as seen in the Pro 9.7.

But Apple could go a step further, incorporating some of the exciting new camera technology unveiled at the release of the iPhone 7. The upgrades announced then included image stabilizing technology, a new flash, wider lens and flicker sensitivity to artificial light, supported by software improvements.    

More refined

TechRadar punts the Pro 2 might be set for some weight loss, with Apple usually keen to refine and reduce the weight and girth of its upgraded products.

True Tone display

With speculation the iPad Pro 2 may borrow cameras from its younger brother, there is also a school of thought it will nab the True Tone display. This automatically adjusts screen brightness after gauging the user environment.

Better stylus support

Another hot tip from PC Advisor is that Apple will roll out further software support for the Apple Pen, meaning users will now be able to utilize it in further applications like Mail, Messenger and Safari, making amendments on the run.

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iPad Pro 2

Storage

Storage is expected to remain largely the same with the 256GB model included in the lineup. That would retain the number of storage options at three: 32GB, 128GB and 256GB.

Expert opinion...

Technology analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is renowned as a leading source on what Apple may have up its sleeve, and he has released a few theories about the Pro. In a report earlier this year, he predicted there would be three Pros announced in 2017 including a new 10.5-inch model to cater to the education and business sectors.

He's also tipped the 10.5 and 12.9 will become the prestige models, using a new A10X chip, while the 9.7 will settle for the sufficient and current A9X variety. All will likely run the iOS10 operating system. 

An educated guess...

In the past Apple has utilized the innovation of its iPhones to upgrade its tablets and that trend may be likely to continue. If that's the case there could be further changes afoot for the Pro that were announced with the iPhone 7. Along with better cameras mentioned earlier, these may include:

iPad Pro 2016

Dust and water resistance

Infamous for its susceptibility to water, Apple is looking to change the playing field by making iPhones dust and water resistant, and it would be welcome news if this carried through to the iPad.

Home button

In a big reveal at the September Keynote address, Apple announced a total revamp of the home button. This iconic feature will now be powered by a taptic engine that allows for more intuitive use and provides feedback.

Colours

The 9.7-inch currently comes in an extended colour range to include the four colours of silver, rose gold, gold and space grey, but might Apple add black to the list? They were all about black at this year's iPhone 7 release with a jet black and standard black variety.

Final Thoughts

Whatever Apple chooses to add, subtract, innovate or revamp with its second generation iPad Pro, it's set to make the news, with the tech giant continually vying to be the key innovator in the increasingly competitive tablet market.