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September 2015: Apple announces iPad Pro and iPad mini 4

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On Wednesday, Apple held their final special media event of the year to announce the rest of their 2015 product lineup. At the event, they showed off the long-rumored iPad Pro and nearly missed telling us about the new iPad mini 4. The iPad Pro is more powerful than the iPad Air 2, yet it has an incredibly thin design and comes with a few new accessories. The iPad mini 4 is now a miniature version of the iPad Air 2, except for a few changes. The iPad Air 3, as expected, was not announced and will likely be held off until 2016.

iPad Pro

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The iPad Pro has a massive 12.9″ display, which is 3″ larger diagonally than the iPad Air 2.

The first-generation iPad Pro was announced at Apple’s special media event on September 9th, 2015. This “monster of an iPad” joins the iPad mini 4, iPad mini 2 and iPad Air 2 in this year’s iPad lineup.

  • display12.9-inch Retina display (diagonal), with a resolution of 2732-by-2048 at 264ppi
  • dimensions: 12 inches tall, 8.68 inches wide and .27 inches thin (or 6.9mm); 1.56lbs for Wi-Fi only model and 1.59lbs for Wi-Fi + Cellular model
  • processor: A9X chip with embedded M9 coprocessor
  • connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2
  • cameras: 8MP iSight rear camera with 1080p HD video recording, Slo-mo up to 120fps and Time-lapse; 1.2MP front camera with 720p HD video recording
  • payments: Touch ID and Apple Pay in apps only
  • battery: up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi and up to 9 hours on cellular data network
  • other features: ultra-slim design with fully laminated display and dual-microphones like iPad Air 2, Smart Connector, four stereo speakers, new accessories, exclusive iOS 9 features
  • colors, storage and pricing: silver, gold and space gray; 32GB Wi-Fi only for $799, 128GB Wi-Fi only for $949 and 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular for $1079
  • release date: November 2015

Apple also announced the new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard as optional accessories to use with they Pad Pro. The Apple Pencil is a pressure-sensitive stylus that was engineered to be highly responsive, draw lines of any weight (including shading) and work for 12 hours. It charges with the Lightning connector at the top of the pencil that connects directly to the iPad Pro. The Apple Pencil is available for $99. The Smart Keyboard is like Apple’s Smart Cover except it includes a keyboard and contact points for the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector. It has woven fabric covering all the keys with a stain- and water-resistant finish. The keyboard is available for $160.

iPad mini 4

The iPad mini 4 is a miniature version of the iPad Air 2.

The iPad mini 4 is a miniature version of the iPad Air 2.

The fourth-generation iPad mini 4 was quickly squeezed into the presentation on September 9th. Like last year’s announcement for the mini, Apple didn’t give it much air time. It’s rumored that this tablet will be the final generation of the iPad mini.

  • display: 7.9-inch Retina display (diagonal), with a resolution of 2048-by-1536 at 326ppi
  • dimensions: 8 inches tall, 5.3 inches wide and .24 inches thin (or 6.1mm); 0.65lbs for Wi-Fi only model and 0.67lbs for Wi-Fi + Cellular model
  • processor: A8 chip with M9 coprocessor
  • connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2
  • cameras: 8MP iSight rear camera with 1080p HD video recording, Slo-mo up to 120fps and Time-lapse; 1.2MP front camera with 720p HD video recording
  • payments: Touch ID and Apple Pay in apps only
  • battery: up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi and up to 9 hours on cellular data network
  • overall changes: iPad Air 2 packed into the iPad mini 4
  • colors, storage and pricing: silver, gold and space gray; Wi-Fi only starting at $399 for 16GB and Wi-Fi + Cellular starting at $529 for 16GB
  • release date: September 9th, 2015

iPad Pro: 12.9″ display, 64GB min. storage, price near $1K

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At Apple’s special media event tomorrow, the long-rumored iPad Pro will finally be announced. This tablet, which is significantly larger than the iPad Air 2, will be a hybrid device between the iPad and Mac. The internal specifications and software will be similar to the iPad, but there will be exclusive features, pricing and accessory hardware that makes it comparable to the Mac.

Dimensions for iPad Pro

Dimensions for iPad Pro

Apple’s new iPad, which will reportedly be called the “iPad Pro,” will have a much larger display with an all-new design and faster internal components. The iPad’s display, which is 12.9 inches, fits perfectly between the new 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro display. The tablet will be 7.2mm thick with four stereo speakers and a single Lightning port. Apple added support to the tablet for a pressure-sensitive stylus and keyboard attachment which will either be available as a case or as a separate unit (similar to Apple’s current wireless keyboard.) Contrary to what some rumors have said, these accessories are optional and will not be included with the iPad. For internal components, the tablet is powered by the A9X processor with a Bluetooth and NFC chip on the inside. There will also be both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Cellular models available with the normal iPad colors: space gray, gold and silver. Finally, the iPad storage capacity will start at 64GB instead of the normal 16GB.

The iPad Pro will have significant advantages over the current iPad lineup due to its display size. It is reported that iPad will have support for multitasking with two full-sized portrait apps running side-by-side in addition to some other features. The iPad will also be released running iOS 9.1, which is expected to come out in October.

The announcement date for the iPad Pro is currently tomorrow, September 9th, while the pre-order date won’t be until October and the release date in late November. Pricing will obviously be higher than the iPad Air lineup with some cellular models going for more than $1,000.

What to expect for Apple’s September and October events

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In the upcoming fall season, Apple is expected to hold two special media events to announce the new iPhones, iPads and Apple TV. Rumors have pointed to September for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6c, Apple TV and iPad mini 4, while the iPad Pro and other Mac products will be shown off in October. Based on all these rumors, here’s what we expect in the coming months.

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The first special media event date, which was leaked by Buzzfeed News as September 9th, we will see the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6c, Apple TV and iPad mini 4. The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will have the same design as their predecessors, but they have the new pressure-sensitive Force Touch display, 12MP rear camera, A9 processor and other updated internal components.  As for the iPhone 6c, it will be an iPhone 5s/iPhone 6 encased in a plastic housing. The phone will have a 4″ display and be powered by the A8 processor, come with Touch ID and the dual-LED flash with 8MP camera. The fourth generation Apple TV will have a slimmer body with new touchpad remote. It will run a special version of iOS 9 with a full App Store and have support for Siri and HomeKit. Finally, the iPad mini 4 is uncharacteristically rumored to be announced at the September event. It will come with a fully laminated display like the iPad Air 2, be powered by the A8 processor and have an 8MP rear camera.

Typically the iPad mini is announced alongside the iPad Air in October, but the iPad Air 3 will be coming out in 2016 and the iPad mini only received an incremental update last year so it’s time for something more significant. The announcement date for the mini has been moved to September. Apple will still be holding a special event in October, but it will primarily be focused on the iPad Pro and Mac.

At Apple’s October event, the long-rumored iPad Pro, which is a hybrid device between Mac and iPad, and news Macs will be announced. The iPad Pro has a 12.9″ display and will likely be the star of Apple’s event. It will be powered by the A9 processor, come with Bluetooth and NFC, feature a Force Touch display and come with an optional stylus. It’s currently a “wildcard” for the September event, but more than likely, Apple will keep it until October when they have more time to tell everyone about their latest creation.