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iPad Pro reportedly behind schedule

The iPad Pro may be unveiled at Apple’s 9 September event, but full release won’t be until a little later, according to a new rumour.

Apple’s super-sized, high-end tablet has been tipped for some time now, and we might finally be set to see it at tomorrow’s big launch event.

Some fresh details have been suggested by 9to5Mac‘s sources. Apparently, production of the iPad Pro is running behind schedule. This means that the 12.9in tablet may not release in short order following its unveiling, as is Apple’s preferred way of doing things.

It seems that the delay will be a matter of weeks, however. Pre-orders are expected to begin in October, with shipments apparently set for the end of November – but availability is likely to be scarce.

The report also claims that the base level iPad Pro will feature 64GB of storage, in keeping with its pro status. A 128GB model will also be available.

Apparently, the iPad Pro will be priced similarly to the new MacBook – around the £1,000 mark. This might sound steep for a tablet, but Apple is said to be working on a new Bluetooth keyboard, as well as a Force Touch-sensitive stylus, to help turn it into a proper productivity tool. Unfortunately, neither will be bundled with the tablet though.

Related: What is Force Touch and how will it transform the iPhone 6S?

In another nod to the iPad Pro’s productivity focus, the report claims that the iPad Pro’s “monster” screen will be able to run two full-sized iOS apps side by side when held in landscape view. Note that this is different to the stripped-back split-screen mode coming to the regular iPad in iOS 9.

Fortunately, it seems that we have only a day to wait to see Apple’s big tablet plans. The 9 September event is also expected to see the launch of the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and a new Apple TV.

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