New iPad Report Suggests New High-End Models Will Have a 10-Inch Screen Size
With a new iPad family incoming in 2017 sporting different screen sizes, one new report shows that while Apple will be refreshing its massive 12.9-inch iPad Pro, it will also be introducing brand new models that will be fitted in the smaller screen spectrum, but their sizes are yet to be fully confirmed. Here’s what we have for you so far.
New iPad Model Reported to Feature a Screen Size in Between the 10-10.5-Inch Range With a Different Design Approach From Apple
A previous report suggested that while the 12.9-inch model would be refreshed, there would also be a model in between the 10.5-10.9-inch screen size range. Right now, it is the model in between that’s giving these reports some trouble when it comes to accuracy because the exact screen size details still elude them. This isn’t strange because we’ve already seen previous iPad models from Apple so we know what sort of dimensions to expect, so continue taking this info with a grain of salt and wait for more details to arrive.
A new report from Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors) states the following about the iPad family:
“We note the 12.9" model will be the second generation of the existing 12.9" iPad Pro, the 10-10.5" model will be the high-end model equipped with a narrow bezel design, and the 9.7" model will be the low-priced option. The former two models will have an A10X chip manufactured by TSMC (2330 TT, NT$183.5, N), while the latter comes with an A9 chip made by Samsung LSI. Although we estimate iPad shipments in 2017 will drop again YoY to 35-37mn units, we except the decline to narrow to 10% from 2016's roughly 20%, given that the 10-10.5" model may see more demand from commercial/enterprises and tender markets, while the low-priced 9.7" model may have a greater shipment contribution and likely account for 50-60% of total shipments of new iPads.”
As the report suggests, Apple might actually have a better time selling tablets, even though there is still going to be a small decline in shipments. With lighter, portable and productive products such as 2-in-1 flooding the market, it is hard to help consumers shift towards an iPad purchase, despite Apple’s optimized iOS platform.
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