Apple could be holding a March 2017 event for the launch of three new iPad models. If the statements of Barclays analysts are to be believed, the Cupertino giant could be unveiling two new iPad Pro devices and a new iPad that will mark the start of a new series.
AppleInsider reported Friday that the iPads that Apple could be launching early next year are new iterations of the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets. In addition, Samsung’s biggest rival is also rumored to introduce to the market a bezel-less 10.9-inch iPad.
Per Barclays analysts, the 10.9-inch iPad is going to sport the same encolsure size as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but it will not have bezels on either side of its display. It is believed that the 10.9-inch model is going to mark the start of the new series of Apple tablets.
Meanwhile, the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro is expected to launch with the new True Tone display that’s already part of the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro. On the other hand, the new iteration of the 9.7-inch model is going to be the “low cost” tablet among the three, though it is part of the “Pro” series. This is because the device will be sold alongside the iPad Mini.
Consumers should not expect that the 9.7-inch iPad Pro to debut with premium specs. According to PhoneArena, it is very likely that the smallest tablet among the upcoming three would be manufactured with entry-level specs only. Apple is reportedly planning to lure customers who want a more affordable iOS-running tablet with this iteration. Though no pricing details are available as of late, the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro could sell for a little more than the iPad Mini.
Per GSM Arena, since Apple is not planning to refresh the iPad Mini this year, it’s possible for a new model for the Mini line to arrive next year. This is contrary to reports that surfaced in August saying that Apple could be phasing out its 7.9-inch iPad Mini line because it failed to attract a lot of customers ever since the Plus line of the iPhone was launched.