Apple iPad Pro rumoured for 2014 release

Apple iPad Pro rumoured for 2014 releaseWith all the talk of the iPhone 6, and the iWatch – Apple’s first foray into wearable tech, we’d almost forgotten about the long-rumoured giant iPad, namely the iPad Pro.

It’s been pretty quiet on the iPad Pro front of late, but a new rumour from out east suggests the colossal tablet might arrive later this year.

That’s the story over on ubergizmo.com, relaying word from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News.

The iPad Pro has been rumoured on and off for a while now, though recent reports suggested the idea might’ve been sidelined until early next year. It’s not like Apple doesn’t have enough to contend with already.

But nope, according to EDN, the iPad Pro will launch this year, alongside the inevitable iPad Air and iPad mini refreshes.

Details are scarce, but the iPad Pro is tipped to come with a massive 12.9in display, more than 3in larger than the 9.7in iPad Air.

Again, we’re told that the iPad Pro will be aimed primarily at the enterprise and educational markets, which makes sense to us. At 12.9in, it won’t exactly be portable.

If 2012 and 2013 are anything to go by, the new iPhone will arrive in September, with the iPads following in October.

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 16, 2014 at 12:46

a week ago the iPad Pro was 'canceled'... Come on... Which is it? Oh, just wake me in October.

tapi  Jul. 16, 2014 at 12:49

I still want to know what more it will offer, over and above real estate. Targeting the enterprise with the same limitations of the iPad (caveat: depending who you talk to. But there's a great deal of business users who report returning to laptops, or looking at windows tabs for 'real' work) but with a bigger screen, doesn't make it 'pro' or 'enterprise'.

Is there better management tools to go with it (and why wouldn't they also work with the non-pros?), some kind of tie up to offer an improved Office experience. Perhaps a specific dock, to provide a desktop/osX lite when in the office (as I can't see ios been useful in a KVM situation)

Perhaps it may have a special mode to allow it to cast to, or control, other ios devices which could be useful in a classroom or meeting scenario?

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 16, 2014 at 12:57

Good points.
Just making it bigger wouldn't really make it 'Pro'...
But then: Apple never said they'd launch a 'Pro' device... It could just be a bigger iPad. If iOS brought dual/multi windows action, it'd make the likes of Garageband etc much more convenient.
But agreed: a Pro iPad oughta offer a bit more. (though: Macbook Pro, anyone???? )

tapi  Jul. 16, 2014 at 13:10

I think it's just a case of cementing their hold.
Samsung were famous for the approach of building numerous variations on a theme all at once and seeing what sold, and basically trying to capture a market by offering something that appealed to someone, in some form.
Apple approach it from offer something solid and appealing in one form, then provide slight variations (with nothing novel, or upsetting for customers) to cover areas where competitors may creep in and then eat into the core market. So there's a gap, however small, for a larger tablet that if left unfilled may see Samsung/microsoft filling, and when that device is seen, in however small numbers, their 'standard' ipad competitors may be more appealing.

even if a larger tab *should* offer more, getting in there with an ipad that will be bought, well, just because its an ipad will minimise risk.

So yeah, probably nothing much (and agreed we're debating a pro moniker that has never been official)

Stelph  Jul. 17, 2014 at 12:28

Tbh the only time I see the Pro making sense is i when dual app's in iOS is implemented, there was a lot of talk about it being in iOS8 and then being pulled which could explain why the Pro model is now in question? dual apps along with the ability to share informaiton between apps would be useful in a lot of business environments, along with the larger screen space

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