Today’s Apple event led to the release of OS X Mavericks, new Retina MacBook Pros, a new Mac Pro, and a brand new lineup of iPads. This is all pretty much what we expected to see out of the event, however, Apple did one little thing that will surely lead to a number of new rumors and speculation. They changed the name of the iPad, from iPad with Retina Display to simply: iPad Air.
While it could be argued this was simply because the new iPad is so light (it weighs in at 1 pound), I highly doubt that alone is the case. Just like Apple’s MacBook line of products, there is now an Air model for the iPad. To me this means an iPad Pro is coming. Yes, an iPad Pro. A likely more powerful, and a bit more expensive iPad model. Some of the obvious things it could include: Touch ID (which still isn’t available on any iPad), more RAM, and a faster processor. Aside from that I’m still not sure, though I’ll definitely be thinking about it. I might venture a guess at a bigger screen, maybe. Maybe.
Apple is so methodical — they think out everything, this is the roadmap for the “Post PC” era. Tablets are becoming so powerful and can do so many tasks, it just makes sense to differentiate them in the same way we do for computers. By the way, did you see that you can now purchase an 128GB iPad Air or iPad mini with Retina Display? Yep, Apple now offers 128GB iPads.
I, for one, am excited to journey into the next phase of the Post PC era. Let’s crank up the rumor mill. Leave a comment below when you think the iPad Pro will be released.