Maybe more than any other Apple product in recent memory, rumors have been back and forth over whether or not it’s truly time to launch the iPad Pro. We’ve been hearing talk about this giant, nearly 13-inch addition to Apple’s tablet lineup for almost two years by this point, yet so far it’s managed to keep to the shadows, not even fueling much in the way of convincing leaks. Was this device just vaporware, or did we simply need to be patient? While we don’t want to get ahead of of ourselves, many sources are quite adamant that the iPad Pro launch really is just about to occur, and the tablet could arrive alongside the new iPhones at this week’s Apple event. As we get ready to see what the company has in store, a few late-stage iPad Pro rumors have landed to help whet our appetites.

Let’s start with software, where we’re told to look forward to an improved Split View experience over what iOS 9 brings to tablets like the iPad Air 2, taking advantage of the iPad Pro’s screen real estate to allow two apps to tun side-by-side while both retaining their original screen layouts. The tablet may ship with a new iOS 9.1 release.

For hardware, we hear that storage could start at a hefty 64GB, with an 128GB option also available, and that we should expect an option with LTE connectivity. A big tablet also means a lot of extra space for components, and Apple could give the iPad Pro a set of four speakers. Color options should include space gray, gold, and silver, and while Apple’s still expected to come out with a new stylus and keyboard accessory for the tablet, don’t count on either being bundled with the iPad Pro itself, instead arriving as optional accessories.

Sales of the new tablet may start as pre-orders sometime next month, with the first shipments arriving in late November.

Check back with us on Wednesday for full coverage of Apple’s event.

Source: 9to5 Mac

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