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by Rey Beltran | www.gogagah.com

What’s next after iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3? As rumors have it, it’s going to be an iPad Pro. And It’s going to be bigger than iPad Air. It is suspected that September 2015 will be the release of this latest iPad from Mac. Further gathering rumors all over the ‘net, here’s what the iPad Pro will likely be:

The iPad Pro is rumored to have a 12.9 inch screen, definitely bigger than your 9.7 inch iPad Air. ETNews has said that LG ramped up its production of hi-res oxide TFT panels which is used by Apple to make their new iPad. An LG Display related official was even quoted saying that “Investment to produce 30,000 sheets next year’s second quarter have started. Apple is creating iPads with 12.9 inch display, which shows they are increasing the panel size. And because so, we are planning in expanding production rate as well.”

Online rumors are rife that this new iPad will have a 2,046×1,536 resolution, just like iPad Air 2. But since this new iPad Pro will be bigger than that, it is highly likely that the resolution will be increased. According to The Korean Times, the iPad Pro will have a 4K resolution or 3,840×2,160. But that’s for a display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Apple has used 4:3 screens on its previous iPads, and having a 4K resolution is a possibility. Let’s just assume that it will be between 2K and a 4K resolution.

With iPad Air 2’s special tri-core A8X, Apple will definitely use a new A9X chip, which will be the latest mobile chip available later in the year. It’s also safe to assume that its RAM will be at 2GB, just like iPad Air 2’s.

Recently, Apple was hit with having their latest iPad lacking in ports. But as per Wall Street Journal, USB ports are now being considered for iPad Pro. No news or rumor yet as to whether this will be added to the Lightning connector or as its replacement. Photos from HDBlog and a Chinese social networking site, Weibo, have shown what seems to be a USB C port and a dummy of how the iPad Pro looks like.

What fueled the rumor is a photo of an iPad Pro case that has making the rounds in the ‘net. But could it be? It’s interesting to note that the photo came from a German site. Sourcing components for iPad Pro and its accessories definitely is global.

As for its operating system, iPad Pro will use iOS9, which is expected to be announced at WWDC this June. A beta version will be available in the last quarter of the year.

And now, for the price. Most likely, the iPad Pro will cost more than the iPad Air 2. Let’s just say that it’s going to have a premium price considering the rumored specs gathered online.