Friday Apple Rumors: 9.7-Inch iPad Pro May Start at $599

Here are your Apple Rumors for today:

Apple Rumors, 9.7-Inch iPad Pro, $599, AAPLEmployees: Apple (AAPL) employees aren’t interested in hacking iOS, reports The New York Times. The publication spoke with several current and former AAPL employees and found that many of them were against the idea of hacking into the operating system that they helped create. This included some engineers that said they would potentially quit their jobs if the US government tried to force them to make a version of iOS that included a backdoor. The tech company has already said it would be hard to create the new operating system if its employees refused to work on it.

Cloud: Apple is reportedly working on its own cloud infrastructure, MacRumors notes. Reports claim that this new effort is being called “McQueen” and that employees inside the company are working on it. The goal of the project is to reduce AAPL’s use of other cloud service and estimations have it being ready in a few years. Unnamed sources claim that the tech company is unhappy with how slowly some of the cloud services it uses load images and videos on iOS devices. It currently uses, Inc.’s (AMZN) Web Services, Microsoft Corporation’s (MSFT) Azure, and Alphabet Inc’s (GOOG,GOOGL) Google Cloud Platform for its cloud computing needs.

iPad: There’s a new rumor that includes specific details about Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad, reports 9to5Mac. According to this rumor, the new iPad, which could be part of the iPad Pro line, will start at $599 for the 32GB version of the device that support only Wi-Fi. This and more expensive versions that will include 128GB of storage and can connect to cellular networks may be announced on Monday. The rumor also claims that these new iPads won’t replace the iPad 2 line.

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