The new super-sized iPad might cost as much as a MacBook
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There has already been a flurry of leaks and rumours about the new touch-screen device, and 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman now has a number of new details on what it might contain.
Business Insider hasn't confirmed the claims independently, and Apple almost never comments on rumour and speculation, but Gurman has a very good track record when it comes to Apple leaks.
He reports that the device is going to be pricey - costing, at the high end, as much as the current-generation MacBooks do. That's £1,049 in the UK, and $1,299 in the US. For reference, the base-model iPad Air 2 costs just £399/$499, and the most expensive model is £559/$699.
So what are you getting for your money? We've previously heard that it will have a 12.9-inch screen, significantly larger than the standard iPad's 9.7-inch display. It's also supposed to support stylus input, and be thinner than its predecessor.
However, Gurman says that the iPad Pro will not ship with a stylus - you'll have to pick it up separately - and neither will it come in a rose gold colourway, which is rumoured for the iPhone 6s. But it will apparently allow users to run two apps simultaneously in split-screen mode, and features a powerful A9X chip. The cheapest model will reportedly come with 64GB of storage - four times that of base-model current iPads.
Apple is also reportedly planning to launch a Bluetooth keyboard that will be compatible with the iPad Pro, meaning that while the tablet may cost as much as a MacBook, it may also have almost all of the same functionality as one.
The device should go on sale (via pre-order) in October, and ship in November.
Meanwhile, the iPhone 6s is expected to be an iterative improvement on its predecessor. Leaks suggest it will look outwardly very similar, but feature a pressure-sensitive "Force Touch" screen and a new camera.
The Apple TV is likely to become more of a home multimedia centre, and may feature voice controls powered by Siri. There are also reports it will have a new focus on gaming.
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