I’m reminded of Goldilocks and the Three Bears yet once again. When the first 12.9-inch iPad Pro was released, some people thought it was too big. Apple followed up with a 9.7-inch iPad Pro and maybe some people think it’s too small. So, it looks like the engineers in Cupertino want to give us a tablet that’s just right with a 10.5-inch iPad Pro. But that’s not the only new iPad coming next year.

Industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has put forth his predictions for Apple’s 2017 tablet plans. In his report, he says that they’re expecting to see three new iPads from Apple. There will be the second-generation iPad Pro 2 in the same 12.9-inch screen size, likely with some hardware improvements and new features. No surprises there. They’re also expecting a 10.5-inch iPad Pro that will presumably replace the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Both of these new iPad Pro tablets will likely get the new A10X processor by way of TSMC.

The extra 0.6 inches in size likely won’t be accomplished by making the actual iPad any bigger. Instead, they’re probably just going to shrink the bezels a smidge to accommodate the bigger screen.

Oh, and then there’s this supposed “low-cost” iPad too. Kuo says this cheaper model will rock the now standard 9.7-inch screen size and will likely be powered by the A9X processor. If true, this could be a suitable replacement for not only the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro, but also the current iPad Air 2. Of course, Apple’s sense of “low-cost” doesn’t exactly align with what most normal people would consider “low-cost.” It’ll just be cheaper than the Pro.

You’ll notice that Kuo’s report makes no mention of an iPad mini. Either they’ll just keep selling the one they already have or they might even discontinue it altogether as more people move toward the bigger iPhone Plus series. If you’re looking for something more exciting, you’ll have to wait until 2018 when more “revolutionary” changes are being anticipated in the iPad line, including AMOLED screens.


Via MacRumors

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