iOS 9 contains a huge iPad Pro hint, developer claims

Rumours Apple intends to launch a larger iPad Pro tablet continue to linger and the early previews of iOS 9 appear to contain perhaps the most convincing evidence yet.

Independent iOS developer and code sleuth Steve Troughton-Smith (via CNET) has spotted a scalable keyboard within iOS 9, which he says could be a sign Apple has plans to boost the footprint of its tablet range.

The alternate keyboard features a new row of symbols, while it also squeezes in a dedicated caps lock key, previously unseen within other versions of iOS.

The keys also happen to be more spread out than on the standard keyboard, Troughton-Smith says, backing up the claims with screenshots posted to Twitter.

Speculation has been rife over the last couple of years, suggesting Apple wishes to launch a 12.9-inch version of its pioneering iPad, geared towards business users and professionals
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Although Apple has not addressed the rumours, but the suggestion is the Pro version would suit those who wish to ditch their laptop for a touchscreen solution.

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Apple launched iOS 9 at WWDC early this month, but so far it is only in the hands of the firm’s army of third-party app developers.

Whether the evidence uncovered by Troughon-Smith within the early beta means a larger iPad will arrive alongside the annual refresh this autumn remains to be seen. Today’s discovery at least makes it look more likely.