Apple released only one tablet last year, the iPad Pro 9.7. Almost a year later, they are set to release not one but three new models. The news comes from Mr Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities who is known for his track record of come-true apple rumors.
According to him, Apple is working on an updated 12.9-inch model; a 10.5-inch version with a narrow bezel; and a lower-priced 9.7-inch model. The first two models are expected to be powered by the A10X SoC which is a more powerful variant of last year’s A10 found in the iPhone 7 while the lower-priced 9.7-inch iPad will use a modified version of the A9 chip present in the iPhone 6s. All three models are said to launch in the second quarter of the year.
Although overall shipments have reduced by 10% each year, Mr Kuo believes that the newer iPads will have better average selling prices which will in turn boost revenue with the 9.7-inch model representing more than 60% of this year’s shipments.
There is no mention of a new iPad Mini which was last updated in 2015 which causes us to wonder if Apple has killed the iPad Mini.