Most people in the mobile app creation and development profession know that we can usually expect Apple to come out with a new version of the iPhone and iPad every year. Apple doesn’t really make any attempt to hide it. We can also depend on “leaks” to happen every year.
Whether or not you believe the leaks are really leaks or just clever marketing, we usually have a pretty good idea about what will be available for Christmas by about June. 2015 is no exception, as another “leak” has produced a sneak peek at what is expected to be the new iPad Pro.
From what we can tell, it is like the iPad Air, but with a 12.9 inch display. It is expected to have 2GB RAM, an A9 processor, touch ID and possibly USB 3.0 ports. It is expected to run iOS 8. Projected colours are white & gold, white & silver and black & space gray.
The 12.9 inch display is a huge upgrade over the current 9.7 inch iPad Air, having more in common with the 13 inch MacBook Air. While the media have taken off with the name “iPad Pro,” it is rumoured that it may be called the iPad Air Plus.
Besides the screen, the new iPad is expected to feature the combination of slim bezels and a slim chassis, giving it a physical resemblance to the iPad Air 2. It is expected to feature an ultra high resolution display, along with two speakers and microphone combinations, one at the top and one at the bottom.
Who is the Target Audience?
Since 2013, Apple has been rumoured to be working on this project with the intent of aiming it to the enterprise market. By late 2014, Apple was rumoured to intend this upgrade as a “shakeup” of the iPad line, intended to increase sales to its traditional customer base. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, analyst for KGI Securities, the iPad could have been released last year, but it was taking longer for the ultra high resolution than Apple originally planned.
Digging Deeper into Specs and Production
From what is available, the display should be 12.9 inches with a resolution of 2732 x 2048 and 265 ppi or pixels per inch. The pixel measurement comes from some code which has been leaked from iOS 9. Display production issues have apparently been resolved, with production planned for September 2015.
The A9 processor is faster than the originally planned triple core A8X processor. This is the same processor that will be used for the next generation of iPads and iPhones. The A8X processor is as much as 55% faster than its predecessor, A8. It is projected that the A9 processor could bring similar improvement over the A8X. The iPad Air 2 was the first of Apple’s mobile devices to feature 2GB RAM, which is projected to remain the same for the iPad Pro.
The iPad Pro is expected to use 802.11ac Wi-Fi, which was first featured in the iPad Air 2 and nearly twice as fast as its predecessor, 802.11n. This will allow it to provide speeds of up to 120 Mbps. In addition, the iPad Pro may feature NFC or “near field communication.” This will allow the iPad Pro to function as a small business payment terminal via ApplePay.
What it Means to You
Mobile app creation and development depend on being current with all advances in technology. If you get nothing else from this blog post, I want you to remember this:
Every technological advancement represents an opportunity for the mobile app developer to provide a newer, better service to users.
No matter what your niche is, what problem you are trying to solve, what game you want to make popular, taking advantage of new technology is a crucial part of creating an app that will compete in the marketplace.
Think about your mobile app idea. Now think about how it could be made better by superior technology and how you can take a better product to market.
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