Apple is developing an iPad Pro with a display that is 12.9-inches diagonally, according to an August 27 report in Bloomberg. The current iPad lineup consists of a full-size 9.7-inch version and a 7.9-inch mini version with the flagships being the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina display.
Rumors were circulating about the possibility of an iPad Pro since last year when Apple named its flagship iPad, the iPad Air. The thinking at the time was if there is an iPad Air then their must be an iPad Pro in the future—because there is a MacBook Air and a MacBook Pro, and Apple is notoriously consistent. The Bloomberg report now confirms these rumors.
The iPad Pro is expected to cannibalize laptop sales as the larger form factor of the iPad Pro makes it easier to do tasks associated with laptop computers. In the education, government and business markets this is especially true--and these markets are driving iPad sales over the past few months.
Consumers seem to be slow to upgrade their iPads because up until now the difference between iPad generations is only incremental, although this can change quickly. The upcoming iPad Air 2 is rumored to have twice the memory of the current iPad Air, besides a superior A8 microprocessor and possibly a motion coprocessor to take advantage of the new “Health” app in the upcoming iOS 8.
Also presumably slowing iPad sales among consumers (if not in the United States, then certainly in other countries), is a move to larger screen smartphones. The new iPhone 6 models adopt the trend to larger screens with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays.
A new leak says that the “True Tone” flash introduced in the iPhone 5s, is going to be redesigned in iPhone 6. “True Tone” is a dual-LED flash that balances flash intensity and color temperature in low-light conditions.
Also, the flash is going to be round in iPhone 6, the Power button relocated to the side, “Touch ID” upgraded and the speaker slightly altered, according to International Business Times. All these hardware changes are in addition to Apple's pattern of improving the iPhone camera each year, upgrading the iPhone processor and distributing the new iOS for free.