More signs the bigger iPad Pro is coming

Anthony Caruana
16 June, 2015
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Keen developers Hiraku Wang and Steve Troughton-Smith have been trawling through the innards of iOS 9 and discovered some code suggesting a new keyboard layout is coming. The size of the new keyboard is highly suggestive of the larger iPad Pro coming soon.

The actual resolution of the keyboard discovered by Wang and Troughton-Smith is 1366 × 1024. However, using Apple’s usual 2x modifier makes that 2732 x 2048 pixels. When you do the maths and apply that to a 12.9in display, it translates to 264 PPI density – the same as the iPad Air 2’s Retina Display.

The much rumoured 12.9in iPad Pro has been talked about for some time. Some of the features, in particular the new Split Screen mode, announced during WWDC 2015, make a lot more sense on larger displays.

Other specifications, such as a Bluetooth stylus, NFC capabilities, a Force Touch display and a USB-C connection have all been suggested for the new iPad, which pundits expect to be announced in September this year.

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