iPad Pro could arrive later this year, with a little help from Sharp and Samsung


The iPad Pro is on its way.

The iPad Pro is on its way.

Apple is turning to both long-time manufacturing partner Sharp and long-time “frenemy” Samsung to help build the displays for its eagerly-anticipated 12.9-inch giant-sized iPad Pro, according to a new report.

Sharp is said to have provided a small test batch of the enormous 264ppi, 2,732×2,048 displays in June, which met with Apple’s high production standards. However, Cupertino is also said to have given Samsung a back-up role building screen panels — suggesting that Apple is expecting big things with this next-gen device. Pun intended.

The report also notes that LG also made a bid for the display manufacturing role, although it came in in third-place due to yield issues.

The report finally mentions that the new tablet will make its debut either late this year, or early 2016 — slightly later than Apple usually releases its new iPad models.

This news follows one from earlier today hinting that the iPad Pro could conceivably run OS X El Capitan alongside iOS.

Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He’d like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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