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iPad Pro Rumors Hit Fever Pitch as Analytics Show Big-Screen ‘iPad6,8’

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The fabled large-screen iPad Pro may be getting closer to becoming reality, as mobile analytics firm AppSee is seeing signs of an “iPad6,8” with a screen resolution of 2,732 x 2,048 pixels in its logs. The company recently revealed that it has also seen the “iPhone8,1” and “iPhone8,2” coming up in log files, pointing to the next-generation iPhones expected to be revealed in September.

The AppSee data adds weight to a discovery months by a Taiwanese developer a few months ago showing that a 12.93-inch, 264 pixel per inch iPad with identical resolution was buried in iOS 9 beta code. In addition, research firm DisplaySearch reported back in January of 2015 that Apple was developing a tablet display at 2,732 x 2,048 pixels.

Meanwhile, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that the iPad Pro will feature Force Touch, a stylus, and start mass production in September or October. Kuo thinks that Force Touch — now only available on the trackpad built into the 12-inch MacBook and on the Apple Watch — will become mainstream across all Apple devices.

There is only one fly in the iPad Pro ointment; a device with a 12.93-inch Retina display would probably cost as much as a MacBook or MacBook Air, and without a keyboard and OS X onboard, the device might be a hard sell to businesses. What are your thoughts on a bigger, more expensive iPad Pro? Share them with us in the comments below.

Steve Sande
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Steve has been writing about Apple products since 1986, starting on a bulletin board system, creating the first of his many Apple-related websites in 1994, joining the staff of The Unofficial Apple Weblog in 2008, and founding Apple World Today in 2015. He’s semi-retired, loves to camp and take photos, and is an FAA-licensed drone pilot.
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  • Looks interesting. Big screen would be ideal for split view in iOS 9. Agree with the author’s concerns about the pricing strategy. I suspect we will know more come September 9!