iPad Pro To Have 4K Display, Launch In October [Rumor]

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Certain parties were practically salivating at the prospect of an iPad Pro the moment its seemingly-natural companion piece the iPad Air was announced earlier this year.

Well, according to rumors Apple may have a 4k “iPad Pro” for launch in October 2014 — joining reports of a next-gen iPad with a 2K display due earlier in the year. If true, the creation of an iPad Pro would allow the iPad to muscle in on what is currently MacBook Air and MacBook Pro terrain — bringing ultra-HD displays and other capabilities to the tablet market.

Should such reports turn out to be on the money, of course, the question is what exactly would be “Pro” about the iPad Pro? Even with the reported 12.9 inch displays Apple is supposedly working on, are users really eagle-eyed enough to spot the difference between the current iPad Retina Display and 4k (or between the 2k and 4k if both arrive in the larger form factor)?

The “Pro” would also imply a move toward more powerful productivity apps: a market that, while perhaps growing, might not exactly be massive.

Especially since Apple says that most of us use our iPads for playing games and gambling, anyway.

Oh, yes, and then there’s that tiny matter of cost and battery life to consider.

For now, we call nonsense on this rumor.

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  • Adrayven

    If this has ANY truth to it; it’s most likely a hybrid tablet/laptop. Apple has several patents concerning a hybrid the last year alone. Tie in their wireless charging patents and a 12.9 (13″) Tablet seems like a good place to push into hybrid territory.

    A8 processor in the screen with iOS 8 and OS X / Intel in keyboard w/SSD, etc.

    I do not think they’d try a merging of iOS and OSX, it’s just not ready for that.. Then again.. most said they were not ready for 64bit either.. so who knows…

  • Samir Shah

    OK.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Apple Revolution, published by Random House, and is currently writing a book about algorithms for Random House/Penguin to be published in 2014. He also covers the digital humanities for Fast Company. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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