Data logs from a mobile analytics firm report show a new model of iPad being tested. Appsee is reporting that a new device with the identifier “iPad6,8” has been spotted running tests with a resolution size of 2,048×2,732 pixels. The massive resolution size has led many to believe that Apple is testing the much-rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
The screen resolution of the new device matches up with several earlier reports concerning the iPad Pro. Several months ago, Taiwanese developer Hiraku Wang identified code in an iOS 9 Beta version that showed support for a 2,048×2,732 resolution device. The resolution also matches up with earlier rumors that claimed such a display was in development. All signs point to this “iPad6,8” as being the iPad Pro we’ve been hearing so much about.
iPad Pro Concept Art by Martin Hajek
The iPad Pro, long-rumored to be Apple’s attempt at closing the gap between the laptop and tablet market, sports a large 12.9-inch display and multitasking capabilities. The tablet is thought to be designed for productivity in professional settings. Reputable analyst Ming Chi-Kuo of KGI Securities recently reported that the device will also feature Force Touch support for an optional stylus – useful for note-taking and graphic design applications.
While some believed the iPad Pro would be revealed at June’s WWDC, the event came and went without any mention of the new tablet. Rumors surrounding the iPad Pro’s launch at Apple’s September 9th event, in which Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, have also been surrounding the internet as of late. However, Chi-Kuo mentioned in his report that he expects the tablet to head into production between September and October.
Although Apple is expected to release several new iPad models at the September 9th event, Apple traditionally upgrades their iPad line in October. It’s possible that we see iPad models featuring smaller upgrades at the September 9th event, and we see the launch of the iPad Pro in October.