Alongside the new iPhones, new Apple TV, new Apple Watch bands, and a gold anodized version of the Apple Watch Sport, Apple plans to debut a pair of new iPads on Wednesday: the larger iPad Pro and a new iPad mini. …
Unlike earlier iPads, which have started at 16GB of capacity and been designed to appeal in both pricing and size to the masses, even the base model iPad Pro will have features fitting its name. We’re also hearing that it’s coming a little later than originally expected, but will still make it out by year’s end.
The larger iPad is going to be announced on Wednesday but it won’t go up for pre-order until October, and it won’t ship until some time in November. It’s going to come with 12.9″ screen, a minimum of 64GB internal storage, and four stereo speakers.
It’s going to run iOS 9.1 on an A9X chip, and it will support running two full iPad apps in split screen mode.
Well that’s disappointing. Would it really have killed Apple to put OSX on their thousand dollar tablet?
That would have been a huge step towards turning it into a true work machine, but with iOS’s current software limitations the iPad Pro won’t be good for much more than as a media consumption device (one which would inspire hominids to pick up a thigh bone, but a media tablet nonetheless).
One of the reasons that Apple is releasing the iPad Pro is declining iPad sales, and the iPad Pro will help fix that issue. But it won’t fix the underlying issue: that the iPad has reached the limits of its market (or rather, it has reached the limits of what the software can do).
As Jason Perlow cogently argued last week, Apple is going to make radical changes if they want to break into the last major market segment, enterprise-grade tablets.
But that would require a huge risk on the part of Apple, one which they’re just not comfortable with taking any more.