Although the tablet industry is in decline, Apple has not given up on its iPads. According to a 9to5Mac report published Sunday, Apple is expected to come out with three new tables this year — a refresh of its iPad Pro and iPads with 10-inch/ 10.5-inch and 9.7-inch screens.
There is sufficient reasoning behind the launch of an iPad Pro 2 — with Microsoft’s Surface Studio lineup and the new iMac still being in the works, iPad Pro remains Apple’s only offering to design professionals.
9to5Mac cites KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Quo as saying: “The new models will come in 12.9″, 10-10.5” and 9.7″ versions. We note the 12.9″ model will be the second generation of the existing 12.9″ iPad Pro, the 10-10.5″ model will be the high-end model equipped with a narrow bezel design, and the 9.7″ model will be the low-priced option.”
The analyst further indicated that the new iPads will have iPhone 7’s A10X processor, manufactured by TSMC. A budget A9 chip made by Samsung is expected to power the 9.7-inch iPad.
Ming-Chi Quo expects that the 9.7-inch model will account for 50-60 percent of total iPad shipments.
The new iPads might not be the only tablets releasing in 2017. News about a Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 launch at Mobile World Congress event in February surfaced on Sunday.