WSJ: Apple iPad Pro to come with USB 3.0 port, rapid charging, and optional keyboard

WSJ: Apple iPad Pro to come with USB 3.0 port, rapid charging, and optional keyboard
The Wall Street Journal today reports an extremely surprising development about the upcoming 12.9" iPad Pro. While confirming that production of Apple's largest tablet to date has been pushed to indicate a fall, instead of a spring release, which was already tipped by Reuters, the WSJ adds another curious tidbit.

It turns out that Apple is thinking to go with the flow, and include a good ol' USB 3.0 port on the tablet, which would be really earth shattering, given Apple's knack for proprietary connectors. "Apple has continued to rework some of the features of the larger iPad. It is now considering the faster technology for data synchronization between the larger iPad and other computing devices," tipped the insiders. "Apple is also working on technology to speed up the iPad charging time, but it remains uncertain if the final design will have these new features."

Now, whether the USB 3.0 port will be in addition to the Lightning port that Apple's new tablets are equipped with, remains to be seen, but apparently the iPad Pro will also have optional keyboard and mouse, too. These alleged changes, together with the rumored stylus that Apple is said to supply with the tablet, pour more water in the rumor mill that pegs the Apple iPad Pro as a more professionally-oriented device than the consumer-centric Apple slates so far. In the meantime, check out these 3D renders of the iPad Pro from the venerable Martin Hajek, made before the USB 3.0 port rumors kicked in. 

source: WSJ



1. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

Go apple :) after 6 moths sammy will make same things like s6 :P

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

Just so you know, Galaxy Note 3/S5 had these features.

5. BruceLeeRoyJenkins

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

The stylus for all large screened Samsung devices and support is really what sets it apart. Sure there are other flagships around the 5 inch range, but nothing in the android space can really touch the Note series

6. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

10. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I love this device, playing Lone Wolf on this device is simply delightful!

11. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Are you really hurt? Apple just got inspired from Note Series. Samsung released the Note Pro 12.2 which is awesome. So what about S6? Only the Downside looks like the iphone 6. So what about is dual toned colours? Edge Display? Corning Gorilla Glass 4? 14nm Exynos 7420? 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM? Amoled Display? You sheep will say that these are also from Apple iphone 6. Pathetic why only 1GB of RAM in late 2014? Why doesn't your shepherd provide an Extra Gig of RAM and ability to customize? Heck you cannot even apply a live wallpaper! First of All Apply a Live Wallpaper to your iCrap Device and come back.

18. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

Don't be so rude with him because you'll hardly hurt his butt. I totally agree with you. The galaxy s6 does not even look like iphone 6, except the downside with the speakers. It is just the iphone 6 which looks like the samsung ativ s. The UFS memory technology, LPPD4 RAM technology, the first 14 nm efficient mobile processor, turning on the phone in 7 seconds and all the rest.All these technologies will be ignored by all Apple fanboy and Samsung haters. Even 8 years old kids don't act like that.

20. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

↑ iIdiot

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

USB 3.0 port looks really ugly. Now that USB Type C is available, there is absolutely no reason to go for the 3.0 port.

12. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

They always like to move the industry backwards and provide old tech to their customers. Sheeps take whatever the shepherds offer.

21. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

"ugly" cause apple wasnt first.

4. Biernot unregistered

i´m waiting for a better ipad mini

7. AME85

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 16, 2014

OMG, those huge bezels !!!

13. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Those are called iBEZELS which offers a new tech.

16. Iodine

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

That enables you to hold the device without blocking the display.... Amazing !

19. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

tablet with really thin bezels is a pain in the ass to hold. even LG G2/G3 makes typing a bit harder.

8. Chuck007

Posts: 1411; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Unless this came with a power saving broadwell chip + OSX suppert I don't see why anyone will buy this when the Surface 3 Pro is such a better deal.

27. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Exactly my thoughts... As an artist. Would like to have a OSX based tablet with a nice waccom pen.

9. Limcheethiam

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

I don't believe Apply will comply Samsung to provide stylus and also mouse.

14. Muayyad

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

They always adopt newer technologies when they are cheaper and out dated. Lie about it and it will sell like hot cakes, the apple way.

15. der3331

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

I think I remember apple saying "our competitors are confused" they will start taking others ideas cause they no longer have anymore. the surface is an amazing piece of engineering.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Oh snap apple is on a roll, they thought let's be innovative we will add usb ports and we will call it ipad pro and the price will be 1000+ Hahaha apple you suck!

22. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

By the time this comes out (which they keep saying it will come out every year) USB 3.0 will be the loser charger and everyone will be on usb 4.0. But if you keep reporting the same stupid thing every year it will eventually come out much like the iphone plus you will EVENTUALLY be right.. right iphonearena?

25. GenericFanboy

Posts: 50; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Looks pretty useless if it's not running OSX... surface pro 3 FTW

26. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

I have to hand it to Daniel. He wrote the whole article without mentioning Microsoft's name..

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