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Major new details emerge about Apple’s completely redesigned 12-inch iPad

Published May 21st, 2015 1:46PM EDT
Apple iPad Pro Details Leak

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We’re finally starting to get a steady stream of leaks about Apple’s fall lineup of products, thanks once again to 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman. It seems that Apple is actually working on two different 12-inch iPad models that are now codenamed “J98” and “J99.” However, Gurman says that both devices aren’t yet far along enough to nail down a concrete release date because Apple is still working on their software and apparently hasn’t lined up sufficient hardware components to produce the device at the appropriate scale.

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What’s most interesting here is that Gurman says Apple is designing a special version of iOS to run on the tablets that will purportedly help users take advantage of the larger amount of screen space. It’s also going to allow for split-screen apps on the larger tablets and offer redesigned versions of Siri and its notifications center to be optimized for the 12-inch display. The new iPads will also allow for multiple users, which means that several users can share a device but also get their own customized apps and data on it when they log in with their own usernames.

Gurman’s entire report contains a lot more details about the future iPad Pro models as well as more information on Apple’s upcoming iOS 9 software release. Be sure to read the whole thing for yourself by clicking here.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.