This past week, more rumors for 12.9″ iPad Pro, fourth-generation Apple TV and next-generation operating system, called iOS 9, came out. The operating system and Apple TV are expected to be announced at WWDC next month and the iPad will likely come out alongside the iPad Air 3 and iPad mini 4 in the fall.
A new picture of an iPad Pro rendering leaked the dimensions of the tablet in addition a report that gave us more details about the display and optional stylus. It will have a 12.9″ display and measure 12″ x 8.5″ x .28″ (or 7.2mm). The display is expected to have borrow the Apple Watch’s Force Touch technology, similar to what we expect on the iPhone 6s. AppleInsider, who spoke with someone familiar with Apple’s plans for this information, didn’t specify how it would work, but we anticipate the display to distinguish between a small part of the finger and the entire finger pad. This would work the same way the iPhone 6s Force Touch display is rumored to work, as compared to the Apple Watch which responds differently with a tap than with a deep press. In addition, the optional stylus will use Bluetooth to connect to the iPad and a pressure-sensitive tip. The source also said that the iPad will use the NFC radio so it would be able to accept Apple Pay if businesses use the tablet to replace their registers.
More details about the fourth-generation Apple TV‘s new box and more tactile remote came out in a report in The New York Times. The box is expected to be a lot slimmer and look less like a square hockey puck. The remote, however, is the interesting part since it has not changed its design since the first generation Apple TV, which was released in 2007. The remote control will be slightly thicker, but gain a touchpad and drop down to two physical buttons from three. The touchpad will be used for scrolling around and will likely replace the ring of directional buttons on the current Apple TV remote.
Finally, a little bit of information came out on 9to5Mac for the next-generation operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, code-named “Monarch”. iOS 9 will be primarily focused on bug fixes, performance enhancements and security improvements so don’t expect too much in terms of new features. The report said that Siri will get a slight redesign to be more colorful like what we see on the Apple Watch and there were also be new wallpapers added with the default one made up of green and blue colors.
All of these rumors, in addition to any new ones we hear, are first updated on the Rumors page for each respective device. Please check out our other pages for the iPhone 6s, iPad mini 4 and iPhone 6c.
Sources: AppleInsider, The New York Times, 9to5Mac