12" Apple iPad Pro may flaunt a 'Force Touch stylus', release date pegged for the fall

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So far, the rumored specs for what seems to be one inevitable iPad Pro or Plus are for a 12.2" or a 12.9" ultra high-res display, and a souped-up Apple A9 chipset, but the biggest difference might be in the screen department. Remember the rumors that iPad Air 2 will feature a split-screen functionality? Well, with the arrival of iOS 9, this will materialize indeed, but the future iPad Pro strives for more than software advantages. It will be eventually geared towards a more professional crowd, so, besides a stylus, it will allegedly have a Force Touch display as well.

So says the reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a stellar track record predicting Apple's moves. The professionally-oriented iPad Pro/Plus will be able to sense the amount of pressure you apply on its display, and the app or interface will react accordingly. The analyst, however, now cites the Force Touch abilities of the future larger iPad as "an evolution, rather than a revolution."  "We also believe a Force Touch-enabled stylus will enhance productivity as it would offer more precise operation than using only fingers," said Kuo. "Technically, we believe the stylus can be made compatible with iPad models other than the 12.9-inch version, but it depends on the support of software."

Sources before pegged the slate's thickness to be between 6.9-7.5mm, which is a pretty good achievement for what will likely be a slick machined aluminum device, and also confirmed the speculated four built-in speakers. The Bluetooth stylus will be sold separately from the iPad Pro, and Apple is expected to move a million of the writing gear, as opposed to an initial order of 3.5 million iPad Pro tablets. The slate is tipped to go into mass production in September, mentions the analyst in a note to clients, with sales starting in time for the holiday shopping craze.

source: AppleInsider

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19 Comments

1. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm, yes Samsung had the same tech in there phone from the 1st note, it's also why they are moving away fro the note name as all there phones wil have the tech from the s7 and up

2. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I have thought since day one that a stylus with a touch screen phone is useless outside of signing documents. If you look at the implementation of forced touch, it pretty much does what the Spen does like pulling up option menus, etc. I do believe it is useful and more at home on a tablet. It would be great for photo editing, art, etc.

6. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

different tech, pressure sensitive screen is different from stylus with pressure sensitive tip. fanboyism aside, it'll be interesting to see how developers can take advantage of this. a large tablet with pressure sensitive screen will be very popular among designers and architects the touch screen is biggest part of any smart devices, its technology has remained unchanged for the past decade other than resolution upgrade. i'm glad to see apple is pushing new tech because copy or not, android phone makers will follow.

3. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Apple is copying Microsoft and Samsung as much as they can! Oh, sorry, Apple is innovating!

4. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Microsoft has a stylus hanging off the side of its tablet. It's no different than one you can buy for the iPad from a third party. They did not invent the stylus!

12. ocirred

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Incorrect, the Surface line uses an active stylus with pressure sensitivity and such (like Wacom).

18. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

It's significantly different, considering the fact that the Surface Pro's $50 own (though included by default) is capable of replacing a Wacom Cintiq (bit.ly/1AWZ58u), whereas even the toyPad's $200+ Styli won't come close (bit.ly/1MAFCPU). Not to talk of versatile applications you'd have access to to take better advantage of it...

19. ROLZARN

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 12, 2014

Apple is just more friendly than Microsoft.. 4x3 is really good rather than 3x2 or 16x10 or 9x16...

5. bistech

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 23, 2015

this will be the best tablet this year. everyone will copy this. other brand will also make a 12" tablet.

7. Immolate

Posts: 310; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

You mean like the one sitting on my desk for the past six month, the one with a stylus inside of it? It's 12.2".

13. TerryTerius unregistered

Like the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (with stylus) that came out in February last year? Damn. Reality is an inconvenient noose around the neck of fanboyism.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31532; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lmao ouch!

8. epic_ninja420

Posts: 133; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

unless it runs OSX its stupid. You can already get a bluetooth stylus for the ipads..... good luck with that Apple.

9. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

i have to agree with you. I dont see the purpose in it without full OSX but OSX isnt designed for touch because of Apple's trackpads.

11. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Steve Jobs said... "...a finger is the best pointing device in the world” “Who wants a stylus? You have to get ‘em, put ‘em away, you lose ‘em, yuck. Nobody wants a stylus.” "If you see a stylus, they blew it" lol His arrogance is still echo'd with Apple and most of it's consumers, so it's still relevant.

14. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Pressure sensitive stylus? Basically they are copying the Surface Pen which is the best in it's class for pressure sensitivity then.

15. Cvagoc95

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 28, 2014

I don't care about fanboyism! I had the Note series from smartphones to Note tablets and the stylus is an excellent extension! Even if I still and I will prefer the Note lineup, I believe that it's great to see the competition heat up! Sadly, many idiots will believe Apple made the first tablet with Pen :p

17. jack123

Posts: 278; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

There are alway choices, but if the price over 1k, then Surface pro 3 or upcoming SP4 would be better than Sammy Note-pro and whatever they're going to call ipad pro.

20. GeekMovement unregistered

Where do you tuck the stylus in the tablet?

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