Apple is reportedly set to introduce a near bezel-less iPad in 2017, which will allegedly be accompanied by two new, smaller models.
While Apple is heavily rumoured to be producing an all-glass iPhone 8 which would supposedly have next-to-no bezels, it now seems that the iPad line could head that way as well; Barclays analysts have posited that not one, but three new iPad models will be unveiled next year.
One of those iPads will head the way of the Xiaomi Mi Mix, and will reportedly accommodate a near bezel-less display; Apple is rumoured to have fitted a far larger screen on a 10.9″ unit which will result in a greater screen-to-body ratio.
Supply chain sources have alleged that both the 9.7″ and 12.9″ iPad Pro models will be updated and will be repositioned for a market which is increasingly abandoning tablets; the 9.7″ model will be remapped for a more affordable position in the market and will sit just above the incumbent iPad Mini on the price ladder.
The hero of the range would supposedly be the near bezel-less 10.9″ model, which would serve as a ‘sneak peak’ of sorts as to the design direction of the iPhone 8. The model would be the prime version pitched to general consumers; a strategy corroborated by the fact that iPad Air and Mini sales – at their more manageable form factor – continue to outsell the Pro.
Most recent market reports that both the Air and Mini line accounted for two-thirds of Apple’s total tablet sales, while the Pro line filled in at the remaining third.
The premium Pro model will make a return at a 12.9″ form factor, and will allegedly be upgraded to feature a True Tone display as is found on the existing 9.7″ iPad Pro.
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Source: Apple Insider