2017 is a big year for Apple, as it celebrates 10 years of iPhone. Cupertino-based company is now under pressure to launch a special iPhone this year with overhauled design, new hardware and compelling features. However, a new special iPhone is not the only thing we are expecting to see at Apple this year.
Apple is rumored to launch up to three new iPad models this year including a refreshed model of the current 12.9 inch iPad Pro, an inexpensive 9.7 inch iPad model and a brand new bezel-free 10.5 inch iPad Pro. According to the latest sources from DigiTimes, Apple will launch the brand new 10.5 inch iPad Pro with bezel-free design at an event in April. This runs counter to previous reports which claimed that Apple would launch all three variants of iPad at its spring event later this month.
Sources say that Apple is expecting to ship around one million 10.5 inch iPad Pro models in March and 1.2 million units in the second quarter of the year. There have been a lot of contradictory rumors floating around this year’s new iPad models, so it is still unclear when exactly Apple will be launching the new iPads this year, but tech experts claim that we are now so close from the new iPad unveiling.
The new 10.5 iPad Pro is rumored to come with the same dimensions as the current 9.7 inch iPad Pro. Under the hood, the new device will be powered by Apple’s A10X chip, while the cheaper 9.7 inch iPad model will be fueled by an A9 chip.
According to Ming-Chi-Kuo, who is best known for giving his accurate forecasts when it comes to Apple products, iPad shipments will continue to decline by 10 percent this year to 35-37 million units. Tech experts say the launch of the new 10.5 inch iPad Pro this year will boost the tablet market which is showing signs of saturation.
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