Techies Expecting Giant Surprise at Tomorrow's Apple Event

Long-rumored larger iPad may become official during iPhone rollout
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2015 2:04 PM CDT
Techies Expecting Giant Surprise at Tomorrow's Apple Event
Apple CEO Tim Cook may announce a new, larger iPad during an iPhone rollout event tomorrow.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Is Apple preparing to announce an all-new giant-sized iPad during its iPhone rollout event tomorrow? Probably. At least that's the consensus among tech reporters. The new larger iPad—likely to be called the iPad Pro—will have a 12.9-inch screen, storage between 64 gigabytes and 128 gigabytes, four speakers, and the ability to run two apps simultaneously next to each other, International Business Times reports. According to 9 to 5 Mac, there will also be a stylus and keyboard sold separately. The giant iPad is likely to be closer in cost to a MacBook than other iPads, the Times reports.

CNN reports iPad sales have been dropping for 18 months—possibly due to smartphone screens getting larger—and the rumored iPad Pro could be an attempt to compete with the Microsoft Surface and get Apple products into more corporate offices. Less than one-third of corporations use Macs in their offices, and Apple has already made moves to change that, such as partnering with IBM and Cisco and adding new capabilities to its operating system. A larger iPad could be part of that effort. "If used with a stylus, such a device could be a powerful tool for business," CNN reports. In addition to the iPad Pro, other possible announcements at tomorrow's Apple event include a new Apple TV, a new iPhone 6S, new Apple Watch bands, and a new iPad mini. (Read more Apple stories.)

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