Apple is reportedly planning to release the new-generation iPad Pro later this week.
Technology blog Cult of Mac has cited sources familiar with Apple's plans to claim the new iPad Pro will hit stores on 13 November (Friday), and not 11 November, as previously rumoured.
There is no proof to validate the report, but if go by the previous launch patterns, the Friday release seems believable.
For the uninitiated, Apple iPad Pro (and iPad Mini 4) was originally unveiled in September along with the new iPhone 6S series.
Since iPhones are Apple's cash cow, they were released a couple of weeks after the unveiling. Now, the company is gearing up to launch the new iPad Pro.
As of now, there is no word on when the iPad Mini 4 will be rolled out, but it is likely to be made available on Friday.
The new iPad Pro comes with a massive 12.9-inch display with 2732x1048p resolution.
Under the hood, it comes packed with the company's proprietary 3rd generation Apple A9X processor, which is said to be 2.5 times faster than the A7 processor.
It is backed by an M9 motion co-processor, which takes care of smaller functions, to take some load off the main CPU.
Apple also unveiled the fourth-generation iPad Mini. Except the compact 7.9-inch screen, the internal hardware is identical to what we see in the 2014 series Apple iPad Air 2. It boasts of the same specifications, such as the A8 processor with M8 motion co-processor.
Both Apple iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4 are said to offer minimum of 10 hours of web surfing in a single charge, and also house the same camera features: 8MP iSight camera on the back and 1.2mp FaceTime snapper on the front.
Apple iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4 Price Details:
During the unveiling ceremony, the company confirmed that both the new iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4 woulfd come in three variants: gold, silver and space gray colour. The price would start from $399 (€356/₹26,630). [Check-out the individual storage variants' price details in the table below]
Apple will also offer a couple of new accessories — the Apple Pencil (re-chargeable via Light port) and a Smart Keyboard (charcoal gray). They will cost $99 (€88/₹6,610) and $169 (€151/₹11,281), respectively.
Key Specifications of iPad Pro and iPad Mini 4:
|Models||Apple iPad Pro||Apple iPad Mini 4|
|Display||12.9‑inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit Multi‑Touch display
||7.9‑inch (diagonal) LED‑backlit Multi‑Touch display
|OS||Apple iOS9||Apple iOS9|
|Processor||A9X third-generation chip with 64-bit architecture
||A8 second-generation chip with 64-bit architecture
|Add-ons||Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button, Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2 technology,||Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button, Wi‑Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac); dual channel (2.4GHz and 5GHz) with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2 technology,|
|Dimensions||395.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 mm||203.2 x 134.8 x 6.1 mm|
|Weight||713 g (Wi-Fi only)/ 723 g (Wi-Fi + Cellular)||298.8 g (Wi-Fi only)/ 304 g (Wi-Fi + Cellular)|
|Colours||Silver, Gold and Space Gray||Silver, Gold and Space Gray|
|Price [USA]||Wi-Fi only: