Apple could announce three new iPad variants in the second quarter: Report

Apple could announce a new variant of iPad with a 10.5-inch display

Published Date
09 - Jan - 2017
| Last Updated
09 - Jan - 2017
 
Apple could announce three new iPad variants in the second quarte...

Apple could announce three new iPads next quarter as successors to the existing iPad range. Apple had announced the 9.7-inch iPad Pro in March 2016 and the product is due for an update this year.

According to KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will introduce updates to the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro along with a 10-inch variant as a wildcard entry. Ming-Chi Kuo had earlier predicted that Apple will announce a new iPad variant with 10.5-inch display, but 9to5Mac reports that Apple is yet to decide the size. Apple sees 10.5-inch screen size ideal for industries like education and startup enterprises.

The next-generation iPad is already rumoured to come with revolutionary bezelless design and it is also rumoured to be the first iOS device to ditch the 'Home' button. Ming-Chi Kuo also notes that the 9.7-inch version will become a low-priced option with the 10-inch variant taking its place in the price spectrum.

Apple iPad has seen a decline in sales for a really long time and the new iPads will narrow the decline by 10 percent, says Ming-Chi Kuo. He adds, "Worst has passed for Apple’s iPad. The YoY shipment decline will narrow in 2017F versus 2016 and a better ASP thanks to improved product mix on decreasing exposure to iPad mini will likely offset the shipment decline."

According to Macotakara, Apple's next iPad will have a 10.9-inch display and have the same dimensions as the 9.7-inch version.