iPad Air likely to be followed by iPad Pro for business users, say analysts

October 24, 2013
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Two leading market researchers said that the decision to swerve the iPad 5 moniker for iPad Air was a sure sign that a bigger, and more powerful, iPad could soon be on the horizon.

"The name change is likely intentional. Everything that Apple articulates it does for a reason," RW Bair analyst Will Power told USA Today. "Developing an iPad that is better designed for productivity is something that could very well make sense.

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Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster concurs and thinks that any such ‘iPad Pro’ would be designed for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.

"This would seem to leave room for a 'Pro' model at some point if a market for a higher performance tablet exists," said Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, in a note to investors after the iPad Air unveiling.

Not only does the new naming suggest that a business-friendly iPad could be in the works, but there are other signs too that it could be next on Apple’s tablet to-do list. Any follow-up models are sure to have the 64-bit A7 CPU as in the iPad Air, while there have been regular rumors over a 12-inch iPad and a new Touch Cover-style keyboard folio.

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