Oops, I did it again (or something like that). Another four month gap, with lingering personal and business issues, but we're going to give it one more try before the Surface Pro 4 "surfaces."
So on with the speculation!
Build 2015 came and went, and nary a mention of the Surface Pro 4. Well sports fans, that's the way it was last year, with Surface Pro 3 getting its own debut slot in an intimate little stage presentation. That is likely what is in store for the SPro 4, which is going to be the SPro 3s in effect:
PREDICTION 1 (and 1a) - debut will be in the next two weeks. With all the speculation of a July release for Windows 10, Microsoft will need to roll out it's flagship convertible for distribution with the new operating system.
PREDICTION 2 - only one size, a 12" tablet in the same physical dimensions as the SPro 3, with only the addition of another USB 3 port to the mix. No one will be able to tell if you are behind in your technolust.
PREDICTION 3 - Haswell mobile (not ULV, not Core M) i5 and i7. No Core i3 parts this time, that's the territory for the upper end of the Surface 3 line. THERE BE FANS HERE CAPTAIN! (sorry folks).
PREDICTION 4 - Storage - here's where we'll see the boosts. i5 with 8gb of ram and 128gb, 256gb, and 512gb options. i7 will have 8gb of ram with 256gb and 512gb ssd options, with a Cadillac model (and price) for a 16gb ram/1tb ssd model, which will be in extremely short supply. NO MORE SURGERIES:
PREDICTION 5 - ALL of the peripherals (power bricks, pens, Type Covers, and docks) will be the same as gen 3 - but you will get to order different color pens though (how sweet).
WHAT WE WON'T SEE -
- No SkyLake chips (Apple would never let Intel upstage them with Microsoft)
- No Type C reversible USB (too new for business)
- No 14" model (yet)
- No fanless model
- No solid form factor base (like a real laptop would have)
- No LTE
- No pen silo with rechargeable pen
- No unicorns
NOW FOR THE "YET"
I think (RANK RUMOR AND SPECULATION) we will see a Surface Pro 4xl this fall. 14" with SkyLake (after Apple gets them first for the redesigned MacBook Retina 15). This one will get the USB 3.1 Type C treatment (at least 2, with one being for power as well) and I believe they will make the power supply a mini-hub with more USB 3 out form it. This will be aimed at graphic designers and the arts folks, but will also be a hit in business as a MacBook Retina lite.
It will be a fun second half for 2015.