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A new report, by well-sourced blogger Mark Gurman, has outlined additional information regarding the upcoming iPad Pro. Just two days from what will likely be the super-sized tablet’s first public appearance, details on its storage size, apps, and accessories are revealed in a new writeup on 9to5Mac. What storage size will the iPad Pro start at? How much might it cost? Will it include the long-rumored stylus accessory?

According to Gurman, we can expect the Apple to bundle in a much higher amount of storage space for its entry level iPad Pro. While the standard size iPad line has always featured a 16GB entry-level baseline, the iPad Pro will start off at a beefy 64GB of storage space, and work its way up from there. The next model would obviously be a 128GB model, doubling the storage size of the cheapest iPad Pro, but additional storage space tiers weren’t mentioned in the report.

Along with storage space, users can expect to find LTE connectivity as an option, which will quickly escalate the price of the higher-tiered models up to entry-level MacBook levels. Like the new 12″ MacBook, the iPad Pro is reported to ship with the Gold, Space Grey, and Silver color options.

As far as screen size is concerned, the report is consistent with all of the rumors that we’ve been hearing for years now—a 12.9″ screen that is described as being a “monster” when compared to Apple’s other tablet offerings. As a result of the extra large screen, the iPad Pro is said to allow two full-size apps to run side by side while the device is in landscape mode. Although side by side app viewing is currently possible on the regular sized iPad Air 2 via iOS 9’s Split View feature, the dual app mode on the larger iPad Pro will be more compelling due to the additional real estate.

Details on iPad Pro’s processor, like the screen size, line up with earlier rumors. An A9X processor will provide a significant speed improvement over the A8X in the iPad Air 2. This is promising, because as I’ve described in the past, the A8X in the iPad Air 2 is beastly and just crazy fast. With all of the pixels being pushed in the iPad Pro, it’ll need all of the help it can get from the hardware’s next-generation A-series SoC.

One thing that surprised me about the report is where it states that the iPad Pro will not be bundled with the long-rumored stylus accessory. If that turns out to be true, then Apple will likely be able to command a nice premium for the stylus. It also suggests to me that perhaps Apple doesn’t believe that everyone will want/need/or necessarily benefit from a stylus. Perhaps the stylus is more of an accessory and not necessarily a device that truly separates the iPad Pro from anything else we’ve seen thus far? Hopefully we’ll find out on Wednesday.

Lastly, there’s details on the iPad Pro keyboards that Apple’s working on and the obligatory Smart Covers, but I suggest you read the report yourself at the link below for info on those two items.

What are your feelings about the iPad Pro now?

Source: 9to5Mac

  • Bass Head

    I’m hyped

    • I think people just want big phones, not big tablets.. It’ll sell just as good as the Samsung galaxy Tab Pro which has 12.2in display. It was released 4/2014 and did not sell much. It started at $649, I don’t even want to imagine how much this oversized iPad will cost.

      • Shadowelite123

        Then again that’s Samsung. As far as I’m aware, I haven’t heard of any big sales with Samsung tablets. I don’t really see many of them. Upon living in Florida, I only saw one Samsung tablet and now being here in Texas, I’ve seen up to 2. I see a lot more iPads. My cousins all have iPads. Each one of them has one. Possibly it’s different in other places but that like 3 different places. Florida, Texas, and Illinois.

      • George

        Because Samsung has been making phablets since 2012, people who have large phones don’t need tablets. The iPad is a big iphone and when it becomes some sort of hybrid it will actually be useful.

  • Tommy Gumbs

    So its a bigger iPad!?!? Im shocked! First then went smaller and now BIGGER. Revolutionary.

    • Jason Baroni

      Evolutionary I would say best. And there is a huge demand for that.

      • besrate hogsa

        so are you saying there is a huge demand for a huge iPad?
        how do you know about that?

      • Edwin Martinez Vazquez

        He meant huge demand for big tablets.

      • besrate hogsa

        so there is a demand for a huge big tablet

      • Tommy Gumbs

        I doubt that there is.

        And studying marketing proves nothing. If it did you would know that money is made selling products to the general pop, not the small group that need power apps, etc.

        Now there may be a need for business purposes, but it will still be a bigger iPad…..just that. If it ran OS X or a more capable version of iOS then it would be different. Until that time comes, it will be just big limited iPad.

      • Jason Baroni

        I ever thought people study for a reason, Tommy.

        Would you be able to edit a movie like Avengers on an iPad Air or Mini, keeping in mind today’s perception of tablet productivity? I wouldn’t think so.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        What?

      • Jason Baroni

        Do you think pro creators are drastically using iPads for their work, the way productivity is seen today on tablets?

      • Tommy Gumbs

        I think it depends on the task. The last sveral months I was studyig at a University in Spain. I took my rMBP and my iPad Air. I used the iPad 90% of the time. But when I needed to make videos, etc, the rMBP was king. But that is only in my case.

        I dont see a tablet being appropriate for true film editing. I know when I am making a film I am doing many different things at once. And while FCPX is rendering I maybe workig on music, looking through raw footage, etc. Tablets are years away from handling that type of usuage.

      • Jason Baroni

        That’s the point. You don’t see it because you have the basis of your experience. A bigger, more productive tablet would be much more interesting to anyone that deals with picture and films edition.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        You missed the point. The iPad can’t handle workhorse apps. It has nothing to do with size. Absolutely nothing. iMovie and competitive apps for making movies are weak counter parts to their big brothers on real machines. It does stop there with editing apps. Most productive apps follow suit. Again it has nothing to do with the size of the screen. It has to do with an underpowered and locked down tablet with an os that is designed for the masses that need and want easy to use/understand devices.

      • Jason Baroni

        The size of the screen has to do with the desktop replacement, that’s what I am saying. Why do you think Apple is still investing in cameras for tablets? It’s because of the pro Market. Photography for Pros that likes to use tablets are much more convenient because of the screen canvas you can work on. Having a bigger screen is even better to multi task for intensive productivity (and God knows what Apple can do in the future software wise). Now, about the horsepower, you are right. Today we don’t see it, but it doesn’t mean there is no demand for it. Everybody wants to replace a PC for a tablet, but only a minority can do it because of the lack of power and state of the art screens.

      • Jason Baroni

        thanks

      • Jason Baroni

        First, I study marketing. I am pretty around this market.p of tablets. Second, we have seen the lack of productivity on the iPad (I can state it because I use an iPad). Today it is just great for simple tasks, but for content creators, it is still a pain. You can’t draw precisely, the screen is not big enough in some cas s and the lack of pro software is still something to work on. Plus, it is still hard to substitute your computer in exchange for one.

      • besrate hogsa

        I completely disagree with you

        i am talking about for the average American people

        content creators?

      • Tommy Gumbs

        And thats why marketers many times get it wrong……and to correct there mistakes they shove tons of propaganda down our throughts…….oh wait…they do that anyway.

      • Jason Baroni

        Of course you know that marketing and propaganda are two different things.

      • Tommy Gumbs

        They are not. But that also depends on the area of marketing that we are speaking on. Marketing encompasss a huge area studies, across many different fields.

      • Jason Baroni

        You can’t speak about average when the deal is a niche, buddy. Completely opposite concepts here.

      • besrate hogsa

        you don’t make sense

      • Jason Baroni

        It’s clear the level of conversation we are having here. Not everybody has the same experience you do, pal.

      • besrate hogsa

        then we agree to disagree
        pal

      • Jason Baroni

        No problem for me

      • besrate hogsa

        same here

  • Mr.Coolfreak

    I personally don’t know why the average person would want this

    • askep3

      It’s not for the average person

      • besrate hogsa

        Give me your definition of the average person
        fanboy

      • askep3

        Wait are you calling me a fanboy or saying a fanboy is not the average person?

      • besrate hogsa

        I am still waiting for your definition of an average person
        But do you think apple fanboys can qualify as an average person when it comes to marketing?

      • askep3

        Well I guess an average person would be someone who uses smartphones only for social media (like the only apps they have are Instagram Twitter Facebook and messaging apps like Kik). Mehta I’m tr

      • besrate hogsa

        I think we are getting somewhere here
        maybe we can say the average user instead of saying the average person

      • askep3

        True haha

    • Vince Reedy

      Count me out, especially when they put the price up. $899?

    • besrate hogsa

      I agree with you man

  • Vince Reedy

    So it’s just a huger iPod?

    • Julio Hernandez

      *bigger

      • Chris

        **larger

      • Julio Hernandez

        Oh.

    • This joke must die. It’s been around since iPad Gen 1

  • Matta Fakt

    The real draw here would be being able to run ANY 2 apps side-by-side and not just the stock Apple apps, like on the iPad Air 2 with iOS 9.

    • Maxim∑

      iOS touch. OSX mouse and keyboard.

      It’s not gonna happen, if anything ARM will come to Mac before x86 comes to iPad

    • Edwin Martinez Vazquez

      Then buy one when a jailbreak for it comes out.

    • John

      Oh because you’re running the beta and that’s all that is there right now and because you haven’t done your research?

      That’s for that, but you’re not correct. Any developer can utilise Split View as long as their app has the correct code and built using a code 7.

  • Luke Per

    Woul be very fun to have, not too many uses for it. The only thing i can really think of that it would be very useful for is a “graphics tablet”

  • Blip dude

    Not believing anything until I see it. If this thing does have any potential to replace a Mac, then I’ll sell both MacBook Pro and iPad Air 2 and go for it. If it truly is just some oversized iPad. . . Carry on!!

    • It will never have the power to replace an MBP. It’s just a supersized iPad aimed at content creators on the go.

  • No, not 64GB….then the pricing hits laptop land!!! :'(

  • Chad Mason

    I would still rather see something that has OSX functionality, even if limited, on this iPad “Pro”. I don’t see any reason to get a larger iPad. Which tells me that they must have a conceal and carry license on what this thing is actually capable of. They obviously need to invigorate the iPad line with a product that is as functional as the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

  • johnsm

    Isn’t it obvious? It’ll be called iPad Plus