Over the past few months, there have been rumors claiming that Apple is set to unveil a new iPad Pro soon. There have also been claims that the tech giant is planning to release two iPad Pro models, and now, a new report suggests that the Cupertino-based company is getting ready to release the iPad Pro 2 sometime next year, which will have some new features as well as an upgraded Apple Pencil.
According to Bloomberg, sources revealed that Apple may roll out new iPad software features as part of an upgrade to the iOS 10 operating system in the first half of 2017, which means that the new iPad Pro 2 could possibly be announced in June 2017 at the latest. Updates to the upcoming device reportedly include improvements to the Apple Pencil.
Currently, the company only supports Pencil functionality in specifically developed apps, but Apple is reportedly considering allowing users to annotate objects in many applications across the whole operating system.
The next-generation device is touted by the website’s source to have a faster display technology that allows for smoother zooming, panning and scrolling. And while earlier rumors claimed that the iPad Pro 2 will be released alongside the iPhone 7 sometime this month, the media outlet reports that the company is not planning to update the device until 2017, wherein a model with a 10.5-inch display will be introduced.
Alongside the 10.5-inch version, Apple is also said to launch a supersized model which will have a 12.9-inch screen. There are also claims that a “mini” version of the best-selling tablet could be launched with the two iPad Pro 2 tablets, and this smaller model is said to have a 7.9-inch display.
Other reports claim that the iPad Pro 2 will have upgraded cameras, which include a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front shooter. The tablet is expected to be available in a variety of new color options, and is estimated to start at $599 for the 9.7-inch model and $799 for the 12.9-inch version.