Though rumors about this year’s iPhone lineup get most of the headlines, what’s happening with iPad is also important. Here are the latest rumors about Apple’s new tablet lineup, which could be announced as early as March. 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 four new versions released.
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 will include new 9.7-inch, 12.9-inch, and 10.5-inch models.
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 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which could replace (or join) the current-generation 9.7-inch model. Alongside, they 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.
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.
In February, Macotakara said the 2017 iPad lineup would include four new iPad Pro models, measuring 7.9-, 9.7-, 10.5-, and 12.9-inches.
If correct, this all but confirms that iPad Air and iPad mini lineup will eventually be discontinued.
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.