If the split-screen feature in iOS 9 reserved for the most powerful iPad didn't tip Apple's hand for a new, bigger iPad, perhaps a larger keyboard does. In iOS 9 code, the keyboard scales up for a bigger display.
The hidden code was found by iOS developer Steve Troughton Smith, who tweeted this screenshot and information on Monday:
Also new in iOS 9 - UIKeyboard seems to scale to a much larger heretofore unseen iPad screen size
This version of the keyboard adds a fifth row of keys which can switch between numbers and characters.
Apple's iOS 9 is still in a developer preview for another three to four months so it's possible that this feature could change or be pulled.
I doubt it will, though.
While the split-screen user interface on the iPad Air 2, along with slide in and multitasking modes on older iPads is a lock -- Apple already made those official -- such productivity features would be even better on a larger iPad. In particular, such a device called the iPad Pro or iPad Plus might be more desirable in some enterprises and small businesses.
That could give iPad sales a boost, which have flattened over the past several quarters. People simply haven't had a reason to upgrade their Apple tablet every 12 to 18 months like they might do with smartphones.
A larger iPad with higher resolution 12.2 to 12.8-inch display though? That could get some upgraders on board and juice new iPad sales as well.
Such a device would probably have more than enough memory to run multiple apps at once on the screen -- the likely reason the iPad Air 2 is the only current model to get the split-screen feature. And it would have enough room to run these apps, allowing for more information on the screen at one time.
No, it's wouldn't be a truly windowed environment like a desktop but split-screen on a large display would come closer to simulating a more desktop-live user experience when using mobile apps.
How about it? Do you see a larger iPad fitting in to the way you work with a tablet or are iOS apps -- and small iPad displays -- still too limited for getting things done?