Apple has long been expected to unveil new iPad models. Cupertino-based Company is rumored to launch three new iPad models in 2017 in three different screen sizes. Noticeably, there will be a new bezel-free iPad that will sport a screen size of 10.5 inch and it will be sold alongside an upgraded 12.9 inch iPad Pro and a 9.7 inch unspecified iPad model.
According to the latest sources, the new 10.5 inch and a refresh of the current 12.9 iPad Pro models will not hit market until May or June following the launch event that’s scheduled for March. Tech experts say that the delay in the iPad shipments will have a huge impact on Apple’s touch-panel suppliers, TPK Holding and General Interface Solution. If these rumors are correct, it appears that Apple is having supply issues for its products this year, as Cupertino-based Company is having trouble procuring enough supply for the OLED panels that can be used for this year’s iPhone 8. This could lead to the fact that OLED panels will be exclusively available on the premium iPhone 8.
There have been a lot of rumors hinting at the next iPad’s specs and compelling features. Specifically, the upgraded 12.9 inch iPad Pro and the new 10.5 inch model with a bezel-less design will be fueled by Apple’s latest A10X chip, much faster than its predecessors. Besides, the inexpensive 9.7 inch iPad model will be powered by an A9 chip and replace the current iPad Air 2, meaning that Apple may lower the regular price of the Pro series this year.
Earlier this year, Ming-Chi-Kuo, best known for giving his accurate forecasts when it comes to Apple products, said that iPad shipments would continue to decline by 20 percent this year to 35-37 million units. However, rumors are just rumors and we are now so close to Apple’s spring event. Let’s wait and see.
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