iPad Pro 2015 release date, specs and rumors: Apple working on Force Touch, Bluetooth stylus, NFC and USB-C port for next iPad

There have been rumors that Apple is working on a new 12.9-inch iPad, dubbed Apple iPad Pro and also referred to as iPad Plus. But if the latest rumors are to be believed, the Apple iPad Pro will not only be a mammoth device, but also feature specs that will make it stand apart among the rest of the tablets currently available in the market.

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Measuring 305.31 mm x 220.8 mm x 7 mm, the iPad Pro will apparently feature a killer 12.9-inch display, making it Apple's largest tablet yet, and will be powered by the Apple A8X/A9 chip with 2 GB of RAM. Other rumors have claimed that the iPad pro will be powered by an A9 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 11,000 mAh battery, along with 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB storage options.

New details have now emerged suggesting that the iPad Pro will sport some advanced features never seen on any of Apple's previous tablets, such as Bluetooth stylus, NFC Radio and Force Touch trackpad. According to fresh reports, the built-in NFC radio feature will allow the iPad Pro to accept payments via Apple Pay and be used as a payment-receiving terminal for Apple Pay across retail stores, doing away with the need for a separate NFC-enabled PoS terminal. The Apple iPad Pro is also expected to feature a new touchscreen with improved touch latency, which will improve user experience when used with Apple's new Bluetooth stylus.

Apple's new stylus will connect to the iPad Pro via Bluetooth and feature pressure-sensitive input. Apple's Force Touch technology, which senses and distinguishes between variable finger pressures and performs specific actions based on the amount of force applied, will also reportedly make it into the 12.9-inch iPad. The reports claim that the iPad Pro will feature a USB-C port apart from Apple's standard Lightning connector.

The iPad Pro is rumored to cost "somewhere between the iPad Air and MacBook Air" and has been currently pegged for launch at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

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