One of the tablets up Apple's sleeve for 2017 is the iPad Pro 2 whose release is widely anticipated. The device will be the Cupertino-company's answer to the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, which is topping the user experience chart because of keyboard and mouse support.
Recently, more signs point to the inclusion of mouse and keyboard support for the tablet. A leak from China showed a case with a drawer that is made for keyboards. The case also revealed a section for USB support. This exciting development could lead to an Apple tablet with a physical keyboard.
Productivity has become a must-have feature for tablets. The Microsoft Surface Pro is designed to offer users what laptops can provide. Apple wouldn't let itself be left out in the competition. The speculated mouse and keyboard support for the Apple device will be a threat to Microsoft.
Three iPad Pro 2 models are expected to be released this year including the 9.7- and 12.9-inch variants. Another model, 10.5-inch, is reportedly in the works.
Previous reports revealed that the mobile device will be powered by Apple's A10X processor and 4GB of RAM. According to Macworld, the iPad Pro 2017 lineup will feature a bezel-free screen and no Home button.
The Pro 2 is also predicted to be a folding tablet with possibly iOS 10.3 onboard. Other features include True Tone displays, Force Touch or 3D Touch, and a "Theater" mode.
Apple may also pit its product against Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The latter boasts of a 12.3-inch display with a resolution of 2,376 x 1,824 pixels. Surface Pro 4 has a 5-megapixel front camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera. It will be powered by sixth-generation Intel Core processors and up to 1 TB of storage.
The aforementioned Surface Pro 4 specs will go head-to-head against the iPad Pro 2's bevy of speculated impressive features. The former tablet has a headphone jack, which is said to be missing in the Apple device. The tablet may have a mid-year launch alongside the Apple Pencil 2.