New reports from KGI Securities posit that Apple is working on three new iPad Pro models for debut in the second quarter of 2017.
Remember the iPad Pro – that gargantuan slab of screen that Apple wants you to buy? Good news – we might be getting three more of them in 2017.
A new report from Ming-Chi Kuo – a noted tipster from KGI Securities – specifies that Apple is rallying three new iPad models to supplement its product lineup. The news corroborates an earlier report by Kuo, which cites that Apple is developing a near-bezeless iPad model.
Kuo cites that Apple is developing an updated 12.9″ model – the version pitched at creatives who might have relied on a MacBook Pro or Air in the past – as well as a 10.5″ and 9.7″ model.
It is predicted that the 10.5″ model will employ a near-bezeless screen as a precursor of what is to follow with 2017’s iPhone model, while both the 12.9″ and 10.5″ model will utilize an A10X chipset; a more powerful version of the silicon found on the iPhone 7. The 9.7″ model, however, would make use of a modified A9 chip.
While iPad shipments have dropped at a rate of nearly 10% year-on-year, Kuo predicts that the smaller 9.7″ model will constitute up to 60% of total iPad shipments this year.
There’s still no mention of the iPad Mini – the tablet Apple somehow hasn’t updated since 2015 – and the fact that recent rumours have suggested that the Apple Pencil might work on a forthcoming iPhone implies that Apple might believe in a stylus-based future.
What are your thoughts on the future of Apple’s iPad line? Would you prefer to see revised versions of the iPad Air and iPad Mini, or would you buy a new iPad Pro? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below!
Source: Apple Insider