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12.9-Inch 'iPad Pro' Could Have Flexible Touch Panel With Increased Sensitivity

Apple is exploring the possibility of equipping the much-rumored 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" with an improved touch panel that uses silver nano wire (AgNW) material instead of ITO-based clear film, according to South Korea's Electronic Times (via G4Games). The flexible touch panel would reportedly have greater accuracy and sensitivity and be able to recognize multiple pressure levels, which could allow for Force Touch.

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A purported "iPad Pro" blueprint from December 2014 with possible dimensions

The report claims that Apple requested samples of the touch panel ready for mass-production from LG Display, Samsung Display, Japan Display and other major display manufacturers at the start of this week, and predicts that the company will release a new 12.9-inch iPad next year as the first device utilizing the new touch panel technology. Recent rumors have pointed towards a late 2015 unveiling of the iPad Pro.

Apple could benefit from lower production costs by using AgNW touch panels, according to the report, since the technology does not require using a scarce metal like indium. The report adds that Apple is also considering applying a thin layer of sapphire crystal to the touch panel, but it remains questionable if the company's suppliers are capable of effectively producing the material for large-screened tablets yet.

The 12.9-inch iPad is rumored to feature a built-in NFC chip, pressure-sensitive Bluetooth stylus, Force Touch, one USB-C port and Apple's latest A-series processor. Rumors suggest that the NFC chip will enable the iPad to be used as a payment terminal, while the single USB-C port will either replace or supplement the Lightning connector equipped on other current iPads.

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Tag: AgNW
Buyer's Guide: 12.9" iPad Pro (Neutral)


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16 months ago
I wonder if the "pro" iPad will be powerful enough for a stock calculator?
Rating: 28 Votes
16 months ago
If it still runs iOS it’s not Pro.
Rating: 26 Votes
16 months ago

If it still runs iOS it’s not Pro.


If it runs OS X it's a Mac.
Rating: 18 Votes
16 months ago
All of this is fine, but will the iPad OS get a boost for productivity. That is the real problem.

And Apples services...iCloud sucks for education purposes. Google is running circles around them.
Rating: 16 Votes
16 months ago
another row of apps in my folder. score!
Rating: 16 Votes
16 months ago

Does anyone else feel like that now that phones are an average of 5 inches that tablets are no longer relevant? I know personally, that I grab for my phone 9 times out of 10 before i grab my tablet, and if I need something bigger, i grab my laptop.
Also, Tablet sales have been on a rapid decline. I feel like tablets have overstayed their short lived welcome.


No.
Rating: 14 Votes
16 months ago
Really need to optimize iOS for that big of a screen.
Rating: 11 Votes
16 months ago

If it still runs iOS it’s not Pro.


If it runs OS X it's a Mac.


If it runs 26 miles, it's a marathon.
Rating: 10 Votes
16 months ago

I wonder if the "pro" iPad will be powerful enough for a stock calculator?


I'm not in the habit of making sauces, so it's not of interest to me.
Rating: 7 Votes
16 months ago

Image (http://www.slate.com/content/dam/slate/articles/technology/technology/2012/01/120124_TECH_StylusApple.jpg.CROP.rectangle3-large.jpg)


He was talking about a 3.5" phone, not a 12" tablet. :|
Rating: 5 Votes

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