Apple iPad Pro is one of the most capable portable devices that you can buy. iPad Pro boasts of extremely powerful hardware, although the device features a mobile OS and cannot run most of the apps that can use the hardware.
In our Surface Pro vs iPad Pro article, we mentioned how we love the iPad Pro for media consumption and basic productivity. We would have loved it more if it could run desktop-class apps, like the Surface Pro does.
Today, we take a look at all the rumors surrounding the iPad Pro 2 and how the device is shaping up to be. We will also talk about the possible release date of iPad Pro 2.
iPad Pro Stocks Running out around the USA
Various users have reported that iPad Pro stocks have been running out at the retailers around the USA. You will probably have to face some problems if you want to order 12.9 inch iPad Pro at the moment from AT&T, BestBuy, Verizon or Macmall. Apple’s website is also indicating a shortage of stocks of iPad Pro.
9.7 inch iPad Pro is still in plenty and is available for sale. However, 9.7 inch iPad Air 2 is also facing a shortage in the inventory. Although this cannot stand as a confirmed report of anything, it is common knowledge that inventories of older products start running out right before a new product is launched.
iPad Pro 2 Launch Date
Although it is not confirmed right now, numerous reports indicate that Apple will send out invites for an event that will hold in March 2017. Last year, Apple held a similar event to announce the iPhone SE and iPad Pro 9.7 inch.
In 2015, Apple Watch and MacBook refresh were also unveiled at a similar event. If Apple holds a similar event in 2016 as well, the invites will go out to the press in a few days and we will let you know.
When will the iPad Pro 2 be available?
If Apple indeed unveiled the iPad Pro 2 in March, it will go on sale shortly. Most likely, you will be able to buy the iPad Pro 2 towards the end of March or the beginning of April. Last year, something similar had happened with the 9.7 inch iPad Pro. iPad Pro 9.7 inch was available for buying within ten days of its unveiling.
iPad Pro 2 — Specs
A number of iPad Pro 2 rumors have been coming up in the past few weeks. They provide an accurate insight into the kind of hardware that iPad Pro 2 will come with. For more details, you can take a look at our roundup of all iPad Pro 2 rumors.
Apple will come out with three iPad models in 2017. Out of these three, one might not bear the ‘Pro’ tag. This will be targeted at the population that wants to purchase a tablet in a limited price range. Sources indicate that this could be the ‘economic’ variant of the iPad.
Sources also indicate that a new ‘business-centric’ model of iPad Pro will also debut in 2017. It will have a screen of 10.5 inch size, as this is the segment that business professionals prefer when they want to buy a portable machine.
True Tone Display and Headphone Jack in iPad Pro 2
Apple is also reportedly bringing True Tone display to its bigger iPad Pro in 2017. Also, expect the cameras on the various iPad Pro models to become better than previous generations. Rumors also point to the new iPad Pro models featuring Apple’s A10X chip, the tablet version of the chip that Apple used in iPhone 7.
Interestingly, all the iPad Pro models will retain the 3.5mm headphone jack, a luxury that was removed from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
iPad Pro 2 — Software
Many reliable sources are reporting that Apple will release the new version of iOS firmware, the iOS 10.3 with the iPad Pro 2. This update is rumored to bring numerous improvements, including better support for Apple Pencil. The update could also increase the support to multiple first-party apps.
As of right now, iOS 10.3 update is in beta testing phase. Developers have also found a hidden keyboard feature. This feature lets you use the keyboard in a ‘floating mode’. This is similar to the picture-in-picture mode for video apps.
It is very likely that Apple will announce the iOS 10.3 update at the same event as the iPad Pro 2 announcement in March 2017, and then release the update for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch a few days later.