Code discovered in iOS 9 beta 1 has just about confirmed not only the existence of Apple’s upcoming 12.9-inch iPad, but also the exact resolution that the behemoth of a tablet will be boasting.

Ever since Apple seeded the first beta of iOS 9 to developers, hackers and tinkerers are at it trying to find features and elements not discussed by Apple. And now thanks to a recent discovery made by developer Hiraku Wang (Twitter) from Taiwan, we now know that the iPad Pro will sport a resolution of 2732×2048 pixels based on Apple’s “@2x high-resolution modifier.”

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Wang made this discovery digging into the code of the supposed iPad Pro-optimized keyboard found in iOS 9 just a day back. The display resolution might seem a bit odd to non-Apple consumers at first, but this pixel arrangement gives the machine a familiar 264 pixels-per-inch density, which is consistent with the Cupertino giant’s lineup of 9.7-inch iPads with Retina displays.

Earlier, another report pointed us in the same direction, noting that the next-gen iPad will have a pixel density of 264ppi. Initial rumors had claimed that the tablet could sport a 2K display, or if Apple really had a flair for the dramatics, it could push that up to 4K. However, observers remained skeptic of whether Apple would want to drop the 4:3 display ratio in the iPad which has proven to be very successful up till now. The upsold rumors regarding the display were helped by the likelihood of Apple introducing a new and much powerful A9 CPU into the equation for its newest and biggest iPad, but fact of the matter is, all is hush on the hardware front as well for now.


Force Touch is likely to make the final cut for iPad Pro, along with the USB-C connector, which Apple seems to have taken a liking to. For now though, the display resolution discovered thanks in part to iOS 9 is possibly the only strong footed proof we have right now of what the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be like once it’s released.

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