On Monday, app developer Steve Troughton-Smith discovered that the iOS 9 beta keyboard can automatically adjust to fit a larger screen. It signaled that the much-rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro is on track for launch later this year. Now Chinese app developer Hiraku Wang has unearthed fresh details about the iPad Pro. The iOS 9 code reveals that the big-screen iPad will have a display resolution of 2,732 x 2048.
iPad Pro resolution to be similar to that of the iPad Air 2
Though the iOS 9 source code references to a display resolution of 1,366 x 1,024 pixels, retina scaling would take the resolution to 2,732 x 2,048, says Wang. If it turns turns out to be true, it will have a pixel density of about 264, which is identical to that of 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 with 2,048 x 1,536 display. The consistency in pixel densities means that apps designed for the iPad Air 2 could easily scale up on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Wang’s findings are in line with a DisplaySearch report from January. The report claimed that Apple was developing a tablet with 2,732 x 2,048 display resolution and 265 pixel density. Steve Troughton-Smith found on Monday that the new iPad keyboard in iOS 9 beta could scale to a bigger size by rearranging keys. On a bigger screen, the keyboard automatically adds an extra row on top with characters and symbols like plus and minus symbols, and parentheses.
New iOS 9 features would work better on the iPad Pro
The new onscreen keyboard also supports Tab and Caps Lock keys, and shortcut bar. Besides, the iOS 9 comes with Split-screen, Slide Over, and Picture in Picture features that would work better on a larger iPad. The Split-screen feature would allow iPad Pro users to run two full-size apps side-by-side. The big-screen iPad is expected to ship later this year.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is widely rumored to feature Force Touch technology, NFC, a USB Type-C port, and a pressure sensitive Bluetooth stylus. The device is likely to run A9 processor and the iOS 9 mobile operating system. The larger iPad has been under development for over two years. Earlier this year,KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the iPad Pro was delayed due to display production issues.