Judging from the new batch of reports that rolled in throughout the day, the 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” is, in fact, real and it’s apparently already being tested out in the wild. Alas, it looks as though we may not see it for a few months. In other news, one of Apple’s most famous products gets demoted from the Apple Store’s display tables.
After months of rumors, the 12.9-inch “iPad Pro” finally appears to be showing up in data from app analytics firms. AppSee reported this morning that they’d seen a new device in their reports listed as the “iPad6,8″ that supported a resolution of 2,732×2,048, and it seems almost certain that this is, in fact, the gargantuan tablet of Apple legend. And somewhere out there, someone is using it.
iPad Pro concept by Martin Hajek. Via MacRumors
MacRumors notes that the resolution is perfectly in line with the 2,732×2,048 resolution that Taiwanese iOS app developer Hiraku Wang reported seeing hints of in the beta code for iOS 9 in June (with Apple’s 2x high-resolution modifier figured in). The same resolution also showed up in another report from DisplaySearch back in January based on sources from the Apple supply chain.
The thing is, we may have to wait a while to see it. MacRumors contacted AppSee and discovered that the devices in question were actually running iOS 9.1 instead of 9.0, which suggests that the device might release after Apple’s likely reveal of the so-called iPhone 6s and 6s Plus sometime in early September.
Additional indications of a later launch for the iPad Pro came in this morning from well-respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities (via MacRumors), who claims the device won’t even enter mass production until September or October — the very time when the rumored iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are supposed to be on shelves. Kuo’s analysis is just as noteworthy, though, for its claim that the gigantic iPad will support a Force Touch-enabled stylus.
Kuo reportedly notes that Force Touch doesn’t appear to have been a massive draw for either the new Macs or the Apple Watch, but that it seems likely that Apple would include the feature in the tablet owing to its tendency to strive for consistency in its productions. Kuo has been insisting that the device would have a stylus since way back in January, and now he’s so sure that he has gone so far as to name Taiwan’s Cheng Uei as the manufacturer.
Just a few weeks after Apple injected some new life into its moribund iPod line with some updated units, a new report from 9to5Mac notes that Apple is demoting the once generation-defining music device from the display tables in Apple retail stores to the “Accessory” walls along the sides.
The iPod in the spotlight in 2008. Photo: Mike Dong
The move comes as a part of Apple’s desire to “simplify the [Apple Store] experience,” as reported by “several Apple Retail managers.” Gone, too, are the iPad 2 “Smart Signs” that used to educate viewers about Apple products, as customers would apparently get confused by them, believing they were fully functional iPad 2 units when, in fact, they were merely meant to provide information about products in the vicinity.
The changes are in effect today, following an overnight transition. the shift appears to be a part of a larger trend of simplification at Apple, as the company recently merged its website and online store into a single site.
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