After a brief period of seemingly being quite sensible, the mobile industry has once again embraced the odd notion that Thin Is Best. In recent months we’ve met a new world’s thinnest tablet (the Dell Venue 8 7000) and world’s thinnest smartphone (the Oppo R5).
The new Apple stuff – the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 – is pretty freakin’ thin, too, and here we’re told the iPad Pro will follow suit. In addition, it’ll be slightly smaller than we expected, but with stereo sound.
Starting with thickness, we’re not quite talking iPad Air 2 levels of thin, that particular tablet measuring just 6.1mm. Instead, think somewhere between the 6.9mm iPhone 6 and 7.1mm iPhone 6 Plus. I can already see the obligatory bend tests in my head (“IT BREAKS WHEN YOU SNAP IT IN HALF!”).
Interestingly, the Japanese guys reckon the iPad Pro’s display will measure 12.2in diagonally, a little smaller than the long-rumoured 12.9in. Incidentally, that’d bring the iPad Pro more in line with the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
And finally, how about additional speakers along the top of the iPad Pro? Stereo sound? Yes please.
The consensus is the iPad Pro will focus on the education and enterprise markets, but we reckon Apple will really have to offer something special to convince potential buyers it’s a worthwhile investment. Give us split-screen multitasking, at least.