iPad Pro to pack Force Touch, plenty of pixels, optional stylus.

The iPad Pro could delay the iPad Air, cancel the iPad mini.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro will boast an impressive 2,048-pixel x 2,732-pixel display, come with Force Touch technology, and be here by Christmas, according to new reports.

For those who are worried that the device will turn its back on Steve Jobs’ “no stylus” rule by coming with a pen-shaped accessory, have no fear: the iPad Pro’s rumored stylus is also said to be a completely optional add-on.

To begin with, the 2,048-pixel x 2,732-pixel display was “confirmed” by analytics firm Appsee, which analyzes data logs of in-app user behavior. Appsee found that a new device nicknamed the “iPad6,8″ is currently being tested — and its 2,048-pixel x 2,732-pixel display is considerably larger than the 2,048-pixel x 1,536-pixels found in current iPads.

At that resolution, it would mean the iPad Pro will have a 264 PPI density based on Apple’s 2X high-resolution modifier.

These numbers back up findings revealed in June when eagle-eyed iPad users combed through the iOS 9 code for hints of Apple’s super-sized tablet.

The other details come courtesy of a new report from regular KGI Securities Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Kuo says that mass production of the Force Touch-based iPad Pro will begin in September and October, meaning that it likely won’t be on show at Apple’s September 9 event, unless the company plans to have a long lead-time between announcement and shipping.

It should, however, by with customers by the holiday season. Given that Apple is planning on this device revitalizing its falling tablet sales, it would also make perfect sense for the iPad Pro to have its own event.

Kuo says that the company Cheng Uei will be Apple’s only supplier of the much-discussed stylus. He suggests that Apple will ship around a million of these styluses — representing slightly over a quarter of the 3.5 million iPad Pros it plans to ship.

Finally, Kuo claims that the Forcet-Touch stylus will be “compatible with iPad models other than the 12.9-inch version, but it depends on the support of software.”

 

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