iPad Pro 2 release date, specs rumors: New device expected to come in three variants

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Rumors are rife that Apple will overwhelm consumers with three variants of the iPad Pro 2 that will be launched in either March or September this year. Several reports are hinting that the device will be released first in the United Kingdom, followed by the United States. The three variants include standard 9.7-inch iPad set to replace the iPad Air 2, the 10.5-inch iPad and the 12.9-inch iPad.

The new iPad Pro is expected to feature the A10X processor that is said to make the device faster and a much improved Apple Pencil 2. It is also possible that the 10.5-inch model will feature slim bezels. Other sources say that Apple might get rid of the Home button at the bottom of the device.

PC Advisor reported that Apple is believed to be working on improving the Apple Pencil through the iOS 10. While it is still unclear how Apple will inject improvements, it is said that it might allow Apple Pencil to be workable when browsing Mail, Safari and Messages.

It is also highly likely that the iPad Pro 2 will include a 256 GB storage capacity which will come as an exciting inclusion for a lot of consumers. However, there are no details from Apple as to the storage capacities of the different variants that will possibly be introduced this year.

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As for the iPad Pro 2's camera, it is believed to carry a 12-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera. Consumers expect the FaceTime HD and Retina Flash feature to be maintained.

As for the iPad Pro 2's price range, it is believed that Apple will not deviate greatly from the device's current price. The 12.9-inch with 32 GB memory might cost $799, $949 for the 128 GB and $1,099 for one with 256 GB. The 128 GB variant with Wi-Fi features is estimated to cost about $1,079 while the 256 GB might be about $1,229.

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