Though iPhone rumors get most of the headlines, 2017 iPad rumors are also important. Here are the latest rumors about Apple’s new tablet lineup, which should be announced in March or April. Come back often for updates.
A Very Big Year
Since Apple announced the first iPad in 2010, there have been 10 tablet models. In 2017, we could see three new versions released into the wild.
The iPad Pro line currently features two tablets, a 12.9-inch model, announced in October 2015, and a 9.7-inch version launched in March 2016.
In August 2016, Ming-Chi Kuo with KGI Securities noted that Apple was prepping three new iPad Pro devices for 2017. The analyst said this would include a new 9.7-inch model and 12.9-inch model, plus a 10.X-inch* model.
*There’s still disagreement on whether the new iPad will measure 10.5- or 10.9-inches. For now, we’ll call this product the “10.X-inch iPad Pro.”
Two months later, Makotakara also said that Apple was prepping three new “Pro” tablets for 2017. At the time, they said this would include an all-new 10.X-inch iPad Pro, which could replace (or join) the current-generation 9.7-inch model. Alongside, Makotakara said we’d see a “7.9-inch iPad Pro” and second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Just as we’ve heard that the rumored 5.8-inch “iPhone 8” may be the only Apple handset in 2017 to receive a new design, so too could the 10.X-inch iPad Pro.
Again, it’s Makotakara with the story.
According to a November report from the Japanese website, the new iPad will ship bezel-free and without a Home button. Interestingly, this new tablet will use the same footprint as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, retaining a top bezel for the front-facing FaceTime camera. The bottom bezel will be reduced in size, however.
At 7.5mm, a 10.9-inch iPad Pro would be slightly thicker than the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, although it would feature the same depth as the first iPad Air. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a thickness of 6.1mm.
Regarding further specifications, little else has leaked about the new iPad.
Digitimes sources say the new 10.X-inch tablet will ship with an Apple-developed CPU A10X, which will also arrive on the next-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
iPad Air and iPad mini
The introduction last year of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro all but guaranteed that we’ll never see a new iPad Air released. The biggest question now is whether the 2017 iPad lineup will still include the iPad Air 2. Most likely, it will not, assuming that the original 9.7-inch iPad Pro remains in the lineup.
The iPad mini 4 was first announced alongside the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in October 2015. Most likely, this model will stay in the lineup for at least another year, regardless of whether a 7.9-inch iPad Pro makes an appearance. Where the iPad mini goes from there is murky, at best.
More iPad Rumors
We’ll be updating this post as we get closer to the 2017 iPad release date(s). Each time there’s an update, will let you know on the front page of the site.