iOS 9's iPad keyboard layout adds more legitimacy to iPad Pro / Plus claims

iOS 9's iPad keyboard layout adds more legitimacy to iPad Pro / Plus claims
With Microsoft and Samsung having already brought forth their very own pro-level tablets packing enlarged displays and powerful innards, it seems possible that Apple may be about to follow suit. Of course, the notion of the so-called iPad Pro / Plus has been prevalent for years, so it'd be presumptuous to begin counting chickens. But with iOS 9 offering treats like split-screen multitasking, there's added reason to believe that this elusive device could grace us with its presence in the near future, and a newly-discovered feature of the big software update throws even more weight behind the idea of a more sizeable Apple slate.

According to Steve Troughton-Smith, an individual renowned for delivering Apple-related insight, iOS 9's keyboard will be designed to adapt to the increased real estate offered by the bigger iPad. The iPad's keyboard in iOS 9, per screenshots released by Troughton-Smith, will adjust itself at larger (iPad Pro / Plus) resolutions, making use of additional space at its disposal. 

An entirely new row of keys, as can be seen from the screenshot below, will appear along the top of the keyboard interface, enriching the typing experience. Given that this unannounced iPad is said to be aimed towards professionals and will, supposedly, impinge on a space currently occupied by the MacBook, it looks like the keyboard will be stepped up accordingly. More keys over a larger canvas would be a definite plus for productivity, and and along with the new-look top row, there may be several other tweaks besides. 

iOS 9 iPad Pro / Plus keyboard layout (top) vs. iOS 9 iPad Air keyboard layout

The alternate characters page, as you can also see beneath, will be rather different to the current layout, with considerably more keys added. Since the default page will feature a number of symbols across the top, the current third symbols page may be discarded altogether, with Apple sticking to two pages of characters for the iPad Pro / Plus keyboard. The revised keyboard for the prospective larger slab looks a lot better thought-out, it must be said, and it's a rework that Troughton-Smith sees as confirmation that an iPad Pro / Plus is a part of Apple's plans.

iOS 9 iPad Pro / Plus keyboard layout (top) vs. iOS 9 iPad Air keyboard layout

A larger iPad does seem very likely now, but references and clues of this nature don't always tell the full story. Still, do you think Apple's line-up is bereft of a tablet in the 12-inch display category? Let us know of your thoughts in the comments. 

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7 Comments

1. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

i've seen something similar, where oh where?

3. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple crap as usual!

4. tedkurd unregistered

I agree! Hopefully this sh*tty Android M split screening will be fixed and less laggy to show Apple's smooth and fluid multi tasking and video window mode who's boss.

5. AlikMalix unregistered

Yep, I 100% agree with you, SIGPRO.. the letters are copied from every keyboard out there, I mean I've seen these same letters on every other keyboard even before the first iPhone. AND for crying out loud, look at the letter placement, EXACTLY THE SAME WAY!!! (QWERTYUIOP... etc) Shameless. "Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal" - Steve Jobs. The entire iPad line is a Stolen Product with an Apple Logo on it... That's why it's the worst selling tablet - no one wants something designed so bad that their CEO died...

6. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

so salty.

7. -ARTE-

Posts: 80; Member since: Jun 14, 2015

Absolutely agree with you. +1

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Look Mom, still no row for numbers. What does Apple have against numbers?

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