Latest leak of Apple iPad Pro specs includes NFC capability, Force Touch support and A9 processor

Latest leak of Apple iPad Pro specs includes NFC capability, Force Touch support and A9 processor
The latest leak involving the long-rumored Apple iPad Pro comes from an anonymous source who confirms that the tablet will feature a 12.9-inch screen. The display will feature Apple's Force Touch technology which measures how hard a user is pressing on the screen. Force Touch is currently employed on the Apple Watch. The new slate will also feature a USB Type-C port which allows the user to plug in his USB cable either side up. Early case prototypes show that there will be a second port on the side of the tablet with the usual Lightning connection on the bottom of the slate.

Also expected to be offered as an accessory is a stylus that will connect to the tablet via Bluetooth, and will feature pressure-sensitive input. Connected Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo said earlier this year that Apple will release an optional stylus for the iPad Pro at the same time that the tablet is launched. According to today's leak, the iPad Pro will include an NFC chip which will allow the tablet to be used by merchants as a point-of-sale terminal in conjunction with Apple Pay. Inside the tablet will be the Apple A9, which is the same processor expected to be used on the next iPhone models. The current top-of-the-line iPad, the Apple iPad Air 2, is powered by the Apple A8X which is an enhanced version of the A8 chip found inside the Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

There is no word on when the tablet will be introduced and how much it will cost. The actual name of the product is also in flux as some expect Apple to call the slate the iPad Plus keeping the "Plus" name it uses on its iPhone 6 phablet. Just last week, another leak revealed that the 12.9-inch iPad will feature dimensions of 223mm x 306mm x 7.2mm.

Other features not mentioned in the new leak include a quad speaker system, an optional QWERTY keyboard and a rapid recharge feature.

source: AppleInsider



16. gaming64 unregistered

A hybrid OS X and iOS would make a great OS for the Pro.

14. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

So now apple are copying samsung? I can't wait to read all the comments on that or is it only the other way its up for debate PA?

15. gaming64 unregistered

There were already 12" tablets before Samsung had one. Fools are fools.

21. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Yes, and there were touch phones before the iphone. Your point is?

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31805; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I wonder how it'll do, and fit in. It'll appeal to a certain crowd.

10. Amiet

Posts: 37; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

No it'll not :D

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its good for digital artist. I have seen a lot of digital artist using Note Pro 12.2 on youtube. Wacom digitazier is the best and Samsung make the right choice using it in their Note series. So i think there definitely a market for Apple if Apple choose to price it competitively.

12. vergil9

Posts: 517; Member since: Apr 06, 2015

"if Apple choose to price it competitively" Apple doesn't need to price anything competitively to become successful, just look at the Watch bands. And I don't think it won't be much cheaper than a base model macbook air.

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Yup! Most likely scenario. One can only dream. I have seen Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 and A9, its really BAD! TFT 1024 X 786 screen make it the most retarded tablet Samsung has ever made from 2013 onward.

5. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

So a bigger tablet and a smaller laptop......may be tabtop ;p

9. Srinath.S

Posts: 1; Member since: May 03, 2015

Your tabtop sounds like tabletop

4. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Find a way to put OS X on it and it will be a winner. Otherwise, I kinda don't see the point.

3. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

The software is key! Also, I'm wondering if it will have the haptic engine. People seem to keep thinking this and forced touch is the same thing.

2. twens

Posts: 1191; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

phabler users don't use iPads.

8. AnTuTu

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Agreed. I had an iPad Mini but sold it since I got my Note 4.

13. JonathanAlexander7

Posts: 71; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

i have Note 3,and i have iPad too for playing games because battery life on iPad is very good

18. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Battery life on the ipad mini sucks.

20. gaming64 unregistered

What gen of iPad Mini do you use? If you are using 1st gen, then yeah, the battery life sucks

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Looking forward to hearing about the new iPad.

7. AnTuTu

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

This is just a ridiculous size to run iOS. But if it runs OS X then may be it is more useful and can compete against Surface Pro 3 or even 4.

17. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah pretty disappointing till now I don't think an A9 processor can run OS X or can it? And no USB port or it has one? If it runs OS X then it should have a USB port.

19. AnTuTu

Posts: 1625; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

I agree. It is very hard to say at this stage.

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