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New Report Suggests a Trio of iPad Devices Coming in 2017, Including a Mini Version

Omar Sohail
Posted Oct 3, 2016
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According to the details present in the latest report, 2017 is going to be the year of the iPad, with a total of three new models incoming during the time of Spring. Additionally, there is also going to be a 7.9-inch iPad mini variant announced, and all of the models are expected to be loaded in terms of hardware changes.

iPad Pro Models Make a Total of Three But Add a 7.9-Inch Model to That List as Well

According to a previous report that we covered, a 12.9-inch iPad Pro would be followed by a 10.5-inch variant. Side by side, a 9.7-inch refresh would also be introduced, but nowhere did it state that a 7.9-inch iPad mini was going to be announced as well. To top that, the previous report also suggested that a 10.5-inch iPad Pro was going to be showcased, while the latest report places emphasis on a 10.1-inch iPad Pro. It looks like you should take this information with a grain of salt for now, at least until we have concrete reports for you. What we do know is that the iPad Pro models are most likely going to be rocking an A10X SoC that’s going to be manufactured on TSMC’s 10nm FinFET architecture.

Other features from the latest report suggest a True Tone display, coupled with a 12MP rear camera that will be a better performing sensor than its predecessor and will definitely be able to record 4K footage. As for the iPad mini, which is said to feature a 7.9-inch display, is said to replace the iPad mini 4 and could come with a slew of upgrades ranging from a True Tone display, to a Smart Connector (most likely to connector accessories such as a keyboard dock), and four speakers.

The one upgrade that we will not be seeing in 2017 is the incorporation of an AMOLED display but fret not, 2018 is going to bring a lot of surprises and one of them is going to be this particular display upgrade. According to the previous report, in 2018, the iPad Pro refresh will receive a new display upgrade, which will produce richer and more vibrant colors compared to their predecessors.

I am fearing that if Apple removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the same thing could happen to the 2017 iPad lineup, and that might not bode well with a lot of consumers. Regardless, we’ll continue to provide you with timely updates on the matter, and in the meantime, tell us what you thought about this latest report.

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