The iPad Pro hasn’t even been released yet rumours of the iPad Pro 2 have already started to emerge.
The latest speculation comes as the managing director and senior research analyst of US investment bank Piper Jaffray caused Apple shares to move 9 per cent after rating the company’s stock as its best pick for the remainder of 2015.
In a note to his investors, obtained by Barrons, Gene Munster detailed three reasons he expected the stock to benefit with the anticipation of the iPad Pro 2 topping the list.
Mr Munster said his insider contacts had led him to conclude the iPad Pro 2 would bring a whole new design from the ground-up when it hits the market next year.
“Given a number change cycle, we expect the iPad Pro 2 to sport a unique design from the iPad Pro predecessor” he detailed.
Here are the three biggest changes he expects the new iPad Pro to have;
No More Home Button
If you are talking about a radical overhaul of the design, getting rid of the home button would certainly do the trick.
“As many have speculated, the addition of 3D Touch may provide Apple with a way to eliminate the home button on the phone and use the additional space to make the screen bigger or make the device smaller,” he said.
Mr Munster does note such a move could be troublesome as the button is currently integrated with Touch ID — a fingerprint reader used to unlock the phone and approve purchases from the App Store.
However, a patent application filed by Apple earlier this year supports the theory with the proposed invention sprucing the idea of embedding Touch ID fingerprint sensors into touchscreen displays.
“A single fingerprint can be acquired at one time at any location on a display. Alternatively, multiple touches on the display can be acquired substantially simultaneously where only one fingerprint is captured at a time or where all of the fingerprints are acquired at the same time,” the patent reads.
Battery Life Improvements
While Apple has made huge improvements to its battery life since very early models, Mr Munster believes the best is yet to come.
“Looking at Macs over the past few years, Apple has close to doubled battery life for its MacBook line up (largely five-hour battery to 10 hours). It has achieved this through more efficient processors and software. We believe battery life is one of the biggest areas of potential improvement and one that might be most welcomed by customers,” he said.
It would make sense that the company would move to improve the battery life of its latest model, given the exact same battery life has been quoted on devices dating back to the iPad 4.
Apple has also fueled this rumor after filing a patent for the inclusion of solar cells, which would be used to charge the phone.
“The wireless device has a touch sensor and a solar cell that converts ambient light into electrical power,” the patent reads.
Stronger and Small Chassis
The final change Mr Munster expects to see on the iPad Pro 2 is the inclusion of the long rumored sapphire screen.
“Since Apple now uses sapphire on the Apple Watch, it could make sense for them to adapt it to the phone. We note that Apple is using the stronger aluminium from the Apple Watch Sport for the iPad Pro,” he said.
The increased hardness of sapphire would be a necessary inclusion if speculation from another leading analyst holds merit.
According to Apple Insider, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said she expected Apple to make the new iPad Pro 2 between 6.0 and 7.0 millimetres thick, which would make it thinner the current iPod touch and iPad Air 2.