What can we expect from Apple’s iPad range in 2017? As the Cupertino-based company is planning to release three brand-new iPad devices later this year. Said to be also been working on bezel-less display and the screen sizes of 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and 9.7-inch iPad, alongside iPad with 10-10.5″ OLED screens. Here’s everything we know so far.
According to the recent news report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, believes that Apple has three new iOS-powered tablets up for release in 2017; an update to the 12.9″ iPad Pro, a price-conscious 9.7″ model, and already rumored educational model with screen of just over ten inches on the diagonal.
The three new iPad models are all set to be released in the second half of 2017. Unfortunately, there’s still no evidence for the launch of iPad Mini.
The 12.9-inch model will be an update to the larger screened iPad Pro originally launched in November 2015. This same model brought with it Apple’s first stylus and targeted graphical designers and creatives. The larger form factor paired with Apple’s detachable keyboard offered many people the option of a lightweight laptop-like tablet system.
Undoubtedly the 2017’s updated model will retain these similar capabilities and of course, would increase the processing power and GPU capability to maintain the attractiveness of the model to creatives, thanks to the feature addition of the A10X system-on-chip.
Apple continues to serve the lower end of the market where iPads tend to be bought as secondary machines or computing devices for younger members of the family. By shipping a new 9.7-inch model with an older chipset (as KUO suggests the A9). Price matters here, and with no subsidies to support the iPad, a higher price point cannot be disguised.
If you believe knowing that Apple’s iPad sales at Christmas were strong enough, then, the longer life-cycle of a tablet compared to a smartphone, a slightly cheaper 9.7-inch iPad is likely to gain users approach who purchased the fourth-generation iPad in late 2012 and the first iPad Air machines in 2013 and 2014.
The final model of the iPad is just over the ten-inch mark. Although it is expected to have a larger screen, and a reduction of size around the bezels that will keep the footprint similar to that of the 9.7-inch model. The iPad models suggested here would keep Apple ahead of the competition against the legions of Android tablet range, but nothing feels especially new or ground-breaking.
Japanese website Makotakara has reportedly said some words on the next-generation 10.9-inch iPad Pro model that will come without a Home button. For a better clarification, we have to wait until Apple decide enough to be able to call a model new by relying on iterative updates of chips, storage and screen dimensions.