iOS 9 pre-release suggests iPad Pro on the horizon

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Apple has long been rumoured to be working on a new, larger iPad, coined the iPad Pro by the online rumour mill. But now, code buried in the iOS 9 developer preview provides new clues that suggest Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro will use a high resolution 2,732 x 2,048 pixel display, with a pixel density of around 263 pixels per inch.

iPad Pro coming in the fall?

The code is linked to the new keyboard size that was discovered in iOS 9 earlier on Monday, highlighted by two developers: Hiraku Wang and Steve Troughton-Smith. The actual code refers to a resolution of 1,366 x 1,024 pixels, but the Retina scaling used by iPads implies a real hardware resolution of 2,732 x 2,048.

That makes the pixel density (i.e. how many pixels there are per inch, and thus the sharpness of the screen) identical to the iPad Air 2, which has a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536 pixels.

The iPad Pro is expected to ship later this year with features like NFC, Force Touch (as used on the Apple Watch and on the trackpad of the new MacBook and MacBook Pro models), as well as support for an Apple Bluetooth stylus. Screen size is perhaps going to be the biggest attraction however, with support for the new split screen multi-tasking feature of iOS 9, that lets users use several windows side by side.

The iPad Pro’s onscreen keyboard is also slated to display more keys, including a complete extra row with additional characters like plus and minus symbols.

SOURCE: Apple Insider.

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