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New iPads Releasing in ‘Second Half of 2017’ – 10.5-inch Model on its Way

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Jan 19, 2017
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A new report suggests that Apple will release and announce new iPads in second half of 2017. A 10.5-inch model is still on the cards.

Expect New iPads to Arrive in 2H of 2017 – 10.5-inch iPad on its Way Too

The entire iPad lineup from Apple is due for an upgrade. It was believed that Apple would push out refreshed models at the tail end of last year, but it did not happen. A report from earlier today suggested that Apple could announce new iPads in Spring, but another supply chain source has jumped into action, claiming that nothing will bear fruit until the second half of 2017, at least.

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Interestingly, there are going to be three new iPads this year – a 9.7-inch model, 10.5-inch model and the larger, 12.9-inch variant. Interestingly, the 10.5-inch variant is the one which has us more excited and confused at the same time as the report does not touch upon any news regarding a new iPad mini. Does this mean Apple could rebrand the 9.7-inch variant as ‘mini?’ Well, it’s too early to speculate on that.

Apple reportedly is planning three new tablets for 2017, a 9.7-inch iPad with a friendly price range, a 10.5-inch iPad, and an upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The products are still in planning, with the 9.7-inch model expected to enter mass production in the first quarter, and the other two in the second, according to sources from the related upstream supply chain.

However, these tablets may not be announced or even released in the market until the second half of 2017, the sources said.

The 9.7-inch iPad model is believed to go into mass production in Q1 of 2017, while the other two models (10.5 and 12.9) will hit the assembly lineup in Q2. It’s believed that the highest-end 12.9-inch model will pack in an A10X chip while the 9.7-inch might embrace the A9X chip from Apple.

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The 10.5-inch model has been rumored for quite some time now. It is believed that the tablet will feature an edge-to-edge display and will serve as the flagship in the entire lineup of new iPads. But it remains to be seen how Apple will market the tablet: as a professional device or to those seeking to consume content on the go?

Different sources believe that poor chip yields are to blame for the delay of the new iPad lineup. But is that really the reason? We can’t say for sure. What we do know is that new iPads are coming, as well as a new Apple Pencil 2, and we are genuinely excited about it.

So should you.

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