What with the iWatch a known quantity and iOS 9 no longer the source of huge surprises, the tech blogosphere has turned to obsessing over Apple’s next product, the rumored iPad Pro.
There’s a story going around today from the tea leaf readers at Digitimes. Their “sources” say that Apple is placing a smaller than expected (what does that even mean) orders for components:
Apple’s upstream supply chain is expected to start supplying components for the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad in late-September and the device is expected to become available in the market after mid-November; however, Apple is rather cautious about placing related orders and the initial shipment volume is much lower than most market watchers’ expectations, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
This being Digitimes, I don’t expect this rumor to come true other than by accident.
But I do think there is a good argument in favor of the iPad Pro.
The new larger iPad would be a good way for Apple to boost its sagging tablet sales. Furthermore, we have seen a few leaks, including a shell for the iPad Pro and a schematic, that suggest that either an iPad Pro is in the works (or a lot of tricksters are all working to convince us it exists).
Perhaps the most compelling point in support of the iPad Pro are the references buried in iOS 9 that point to a new on-screen keyboard, one designed to fit a new screen resolution. 9to5Mac and other blogs reported on it last month that iOS 9’s on screen keyboard would scale to fit a screen with a resolution some multiple of 1366×1024.
It is also going to sport a number row:
I am still not convinced we will see an iPad this fall, but I am looking forward to that new keyboard. Aren’t you?