iOS developer Steve Troughton Smith has discovered a new keyboard hiding in the iOS 9 beta. The keyboard scales to a much larger unreleased iPad display size, and it resembles a more typical QWERTY keyboard with new keys and an extra row of symbols. As you can see from the image above, the iOS 9 keyboard features a row of keys with the symbols #, $, % and so on, and it includes a Tab and Caps Lock key.
Besides the larger keyboard, other announced iOS 9 features also suggest that the 12-inch iPad Pro rumors are true. Apple announced last week at its WWDC 2015 keynote that the iPad Air will finally receive multitasking capabilities, and all iPad models will benefit from improved QuickType features, such as a built-in Shortcut Bar and SwipeSelection-like text editing / trackpad-like feature.
The new iOS 9 multitasking features, Slide Over, Split View, and Picture in Picture, seem almost tailor-made for a larger iPad, and the touchscreen trackpad feature finally makes the iPad a viable option to replace your laptop or even PC.
One thing we know for sure is that Apple will release iOS 9.0 in the fall, and it will most likely launch on both the iPhone 6s and iPad Pro.
The iPad Pro is expected to feature a screen size between 12.2 and 12.9-inches, and to be the first iOS device to ship with a USB-C connector. Other rumored features include Force Touch, NFC and stereo speakers.