Apple is planning to release a new line of iPad Pro’s in 2017
The iPad Pro has become an essential part to Apple’s grand plan to one day reign over the tablet market, at least in the United States. And evidence makes it clear that Apple has already lost foreign markets, especially India. Analysts have attributed the reason behind the red in Apple’s sales aboard to product prices, lack of accessibility to users, and of course the rise of Android. However, Apple has a new strategy planned, along with new iPad’s coming soon. A recent report from MacRumors confirms Apple’s plan to release new 10.5-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s in 2017. The prediction is made by a famous Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who has had quite the track record in the past.
Kuo did explain his predicted iPad variants in detail:
We expect three new iPads (12.9″ iPad Pro 2, new size 10.5″ iPad Pro & low-cost 9.7″ iPad) to be launched in 2017, though this may not drive shipment growth amid structural headwinds; 2017F shipments to fall 10-20% YoY. If the iPad comes in a larger size, such as a 10.5″ model, we believe it will be helpful to bid for tenders within the commercial and education markets.
As a result, we expect Apple to launch a 10.5″ iPad Pro in 2017. In addition, we estimate the 12.9″ iPad Pro 2 and 10.5″ iPad Pro will adopt the A10X processor, with TSMC being the sole supplier using 10nm process technology. The low-cost 9.7″ model may adopt the A9X processor, which is also exclusively supplied by TSMC.
Kuo further explained how Apple will be bringing revolutionary updates to its iPad line-up in 2018. With a huge change coming to the display.
Revolutionary iPad model likely to be introduced in 2018F at the earliest, with radical changes in form factor design & user behavior on adoption of flexible AMOLED panel. We believe iPad will follow in the footsteps of the iPhone by adopting AMOLED panel in 2018F at the earliest. If Apple can truly tap the potential of a flexible AMOLED panel, we believe the new iPad model will offer new selling points through radical form factor design and user behavior changes, which could benefit shipments.
It will definitely be interesting to see what the future holds for Apple’s iPad’s, especially if Kuo’s predictions come to fruition. However, as we all know quite well, the world has its eyes are set on the iPhone 7. Will it come in ‘Space Black’ and will it lose the classic home button for something revolutionary?