For as long as there has been an iPad, there have been rumours of a Pro model hitting shelves, with turbocharged specs (and probably a gargantuan price tag) to suit.
Now, KGI Securities analyst and prolific predictions pusher Ming-Chi Kuo reckons the fabled Pro model will enter mass production come September or October, after analytics firm Appsee, which provides developer tools for collection of in-app user behaviour data, spotted a new iPad model identified as “iPad6,8” in user logs.
This matches rumours earlier in the year pointing towards just such a device.
If the production rumours are true (and serial leakster OnLeaks has suggested that they are) then the new iPad range-topper is unlikely to be seen for a good few months yet, perhaps being a candidate for a March or April release, when we’ve seen previous Apple tablet iterations hit the spotlight.
And if the Cupertino company really is working on a Pro version of their touch-tab, it demonstrates a faith in the handheld computer market which some others are presently lacking, as well as answering the hopes and prayers of hardcore iPad users who’ve been grinding at the rumour mill about a Pro model for years.