A couple of days ago, we told you that Apple was going to reveal the iPhone 7 at their September 9 event. The iPhone 7 release date seems to be pretty authentic, as it coincides with release cycles of previous years. Although Apple doesn’t necessarily follow the same pattern each year, this year it might unveil more than just the iPhone 7. The iPad Pro release date has been in the news lately as people are getting curious about what Apple will follow the iPad Air 2 up with.
The iPad Air 2 was launched in October 2014 alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the iPad Mini 3. This year, people really don’t know what to expect from the slate’s successor, as the number of leaks is minimal and unconfirmed. Supposedly, the iPad Air will be no more, instead being replaced by the iPad Pro, a tablet that will compete against notebooks and laptops on the market, not just competing tablets.
The iPad Pro release date is slated for September 9 as people expect the new iPhone to not come alone. While some say the iPhone 7 will grace us this year, others say we should expect the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6C instead. Since Apple hasn’t opened up about the matter as of yet, we can only assume. Some say the iPad Pro will be an entirely new tablet that will compete against convertible devices like the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga, among others. At the same time, the iPad Air 3 will be launched as a successor to the iPad Air 2 with improved battery life and Force Touch.
Alongside the iPad Pro and the iPad Air 3, some say the iPad Mini 4 will also make an appearance, bearing the same hardware as the iPad Air 3, in a smaller packaging. There have been contradicting rumors going about the internet regarding Apple’s new slate portfolio, so nobody knows what exactly we should expect of the September 9 event. Surely, Apple has a surprise for us and the only thing we can really rule out is the Apple Watch 2.0, which is said to arrive in March 2016.
The iPad Pro, if real, will most likely feature the biggest screen of the new portfolio with the highest resolution and of course, the highest price. At the same time, the iPad Pro is said to come with an entirely new generation or processors, different than the Apple A8 or Apple A9 which should be in the next iPhone. Which processor that is or what company is going to provide it is not entirely clear, but we’re looking at Samsung right now, because they made the Apple A9 chips, too.
The iPad Pro will most likely feature some iteration of Force Touch and Touch ID, but it might also incorporate a projector, which seems to be a popular choice nowadays. Lenovo really succeeded with their projector-bearing Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro at IFA 2015 and their previous devices have also proven that there is indeed a market for such devices. While we’re not entirely sure whether slapping a projector on atablet helps anyone, it could be a possibility.
Apple usually focuses on premium design and experience when it comes to their devices, so we expect the iPad Pro to feature something new in terms of technology. A new chassis design would be welcomed, although there’s nothing wrong with the current design language that Apple uses. Most likely, the device’s forte points will be battery life and performance, seeing as it is supposed to compete against notebooks and laptops.
Whether the iPad Pro actually exists is a mystery, as we might just see the iPad Air 3 being released in a few days from now. Whatever happens, we’re sure Tim Cook and his team have it all planned out. A surprise will most likely await fans of the company, as insiders close to the matter suggest to pay a lot of attention to what’s going to happen, because it’s going to be legendary. We’ll see about that on the 9th. Apple booked a 7000-seat venue (Bill Graham auditorium) for the event, which means it’s going to be big. Bigger than the Apple Watch event, so we’re definitely dumbfounded about what’s to come.