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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted in a note issued to clients Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by AppleInsider, that Apple’s 12.9-inch ‘iPad Pro’ will be entering mass production in September or October of this year.

The device will feature an optional Apple-made stylus accessory, sold separately, with built-in Force Touch support.

Apple stylus

The stylus itself will be assembled by manufacturer Cheng Uei on an exclusive basis, the analyst believes. If true, it would mark an interesting departure from Apple’s standard practice of sourcing components from multiple suppliers to minimize risk and exposure.

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The stylus accessory will be sold separately, Kuo believes, and will feature Force Touch support to make navigating the device’s large screen easier and help customers draw curves and other shapes naturally in specialized applications.

Interestingly, no longer is the analyst calling Force Touch a marquee feature but “an evolution, rather than a revolution.”

Force Touch

Kuo, who has a good track record for predicting upcoming Apple products, went on to write that the iPad Pro will use the same Force Touch structure that he expects to see on iPhones with next month’s release of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Due to the larger screen size of the iPad Pro, however, Force Touch on the rumored tablet could be held back by a poor yield rate.

“This is why we think a stylus may be necessary to make Force Touch work properly on the 12.9” iPad,” he wrote. “We also believe a Force Touch-enabled stylus will enhance productivity as it would offer more precise operation than using only fingers.”

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Apple could make its stylus compatible with iPad models other than the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, “but it depends on the support of software,” he added. Conveniently enough, iOS 9 was discovered to include a brand new predictive touch technology that should prove indispensable for accurate stylus input.

Availability

Kuo estimates that Apple could ship as many as 3.5 million units of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro this year. “Being an optional accessory,” Kuo expects Apple to sell about a million styli by year-end.

“As it’s a brand new product, and given the market buzz, we expect Force Touch-enabled stylus to serve as a share catalyst for related plays, including the main beneficiary, Cheng Uei, which is the sole assembler of the stylus,” he wrote.

Again, Kuo thinks the iPad Pro will enter mass production by October, meaning Apple could unveil the device along with the stylus at a rumored media event next month.

The iPad Pro should feature an Apple-designed “A9” system-on-a-chip with 2GB of RAM, stereo speakers and a 2,732-by-2,048 pixel screen measuring 12.2 or 12.9 inches diagonally, among other things.

iPad Pro with Apple stylus mockup by 3D artist Martin Hajek.

Source: AppleInsider

  • iPhoneWINS

    “Interestingly, no longer is the analyst calling Force Touch a marquee feature but “an evolution, rather than a revolution.””

    exactly, cause it sucks

    • Completely agree!

      • mobilemann

        i didn’t understand it either till i used it as a menu button basically on an apple watch, but it will enable quite a bit, it’s clever. You guys should try it before judging. (that’s a joke, who actually tries things before judging on the internet!)

      • Anonymous

        Im excited for force touch. It just adds for more gesture actions. Insteed of tap, tap and hold, we now have a third option. And with activator that means 1/3 more options. Plus what ever apple has planed for it. Granted none of the videos I’ve seen here at idb really support my claim. But then again there just concepts and the real deal has yet to be seen. Maybe ill be disappointed in the end or super surpursed.

      • mobilemann

        @iPhoneWINS:disqus @tkukoc:disqus SEE, this is how a normal person reacts. (instead of, I DON’T UNDERSTAND IT, IT’S STUPID)

      • Anonymous

        I suppose we’ll see.

      • I have an apple watch and hardly use it on there. I understand the use on a smaller screen but I don’t see a reason to have it on a bigger scale at all.

      • mobilemann

        you kinda have to use it for quite a few functions, to change preferences for a number of things / features. You probably don’t even know what you’re missing on your watch by not at least trying it once in each app.

        you lack vision

      • Nah I don’t lack vision, that’s Apple these days. They don’t allow customization of things that could ultimately make the product they released great. If they allowed a person to choose a force touch function and save it, that would be innovative because you are now in control of your device. Currently Apple just gives you barebone additions and never fully follows through, they just move on to the next thing they can tweak. Time to step it up Apple! Don’t get me wrong, love their products. But it’s frustrating to see such potential in a product only to be shutdown because the software they include doesn’t function as it should to allow the users to increase the usability of the device.

      • mobilemann

        they respond to what people want these days, more than they ever did before. Tell them. I disagree with you wholeheartedly of course, and also question why you went so broad. We were only talking about how you can’t see ways in force touch will be good / useful.

        I suggest you do as i and many other have done, go to android for a few years. (i came back after my note 3) We’ll see you back:D

      • lol I’ll pass on this conversation, your not making any sense at all. Peace Out!

      • mobilemann

        i make complete sense, and dollars. They listen more than they ever did under jobs; but perhaps at the cost of long term vision. Their current product line is proof. Have a good one.

  • Anonymous

    You know i voted, iPad, because I know this is the year i upgrade my iPad. But like every year i will up grade my phone. And if atv4 is released i will up grade my atv3.

  • Anonymous

    I’m disappointed to here the stylus is not gonna be included, i was hoping it would be able to hide within the device it’s self.

    • Jamessmooth

      Agreed. Maybe Apple will design a keyboard-type case for the Pro that the stylus will fit into? I’d be ok with that.

      • Anonymous

        Second that, or at the very lest a third party case makers.

  • Chindavon

    I hope it’s robust enough to replace my MacBook.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe if jailbroken, but then again you’ll need the macbook to jailbreak. 😉

  • DevXav

    I expect AT LEAST 4gb RAM upgrade.

    Yeah, i know, it’s probably going to be 2gb, but well… I expect 4gb..

  • Jamessmooth

    I enjoy Martin Hajek’s designs, especially these, but too much bezel in that iPad Pro! This thing is going to have to be loaded in order to combat the Surface, which I’m considering depending on what the iPad Pro looks like. The 2GB of RAM, stereo speakers and pixel count NEEDS to be what the article says, PLUS a few other goodies.

  • dudeimmexican

    “Who needs a stylus”
    -Steve Jobs XD

    • Rowan09

      He was right. He was speaking about a phone, in comparison with what those touchscreen devices could do compared to the first iPhone.

  • Rowan09

    I would like to see an LED ring around the home button for notifications, etc instead of using the flash only on the back.

  • anybody knows how much this would cost? If theres not gonna be an Air 3, this could be priced the same as an Air?