In late summer, the KGI Securities analyst Kuo reported that Apple is planning to unveil the iPad Pro 2 in three sizes next year. A new report from Japanese blog Macotakara agrees with the previous rumors and adds more details from their reliable sources.
According to the report, there will be three new iPad Pro 2 models released in the early 2017. The first will be the successor to the iPad mini with a 7.9″ screen size. Many have wondered if Apple would be announcing a new iPad mini or discontinuing the line since it has been over a year without any updates. The mini’s also seemed to be updating more slowly than Apple’s other iPads. (more…)
This year is summing up to be a minor refresh year for iPhone and iPad, but next year there will be radical changes with both devices. The 2017 iPhone will get the complete redesign it deserved this year and the 2017 iPad Pro lineup will be shaken up with new display sizes. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, Apple is planning to announce at least three iPad Pros next year.
The rumored 10.5″ iPad Pro will fit nicely between the 9.7″ (on the left) and 12.9″ (on the right), credit: Laptop Magazine
In a new report, Kuo suggests Apple will be updating their iPad Pro lineup with three display sizes instead of the current two. The iPad will come with a 12.9”, 10.5”, and 9.7” screen size. The second-generation iPad Pro will not come out this year, and instead be updated next year with the other iPads. The 12.9” and 10.5” iPad Pro will be powered by A10X processor and the 9.7” iPad Pro will retain the A9X processor. Additionally, the smaller iPad will be offered as a low-cost option for the iPad Pro lineup.
The following year, 2018, will also be a major update for iPad. Apple is planning to replace the current LCD with a flexible OLED display. This does not necessarily mean the iPads will be more flexible, but they will likely incorporate 3D Touch.
There are no reports for the next-generation iPad Air or iPad mini, which may mean these iPads are likely to be discontinued. The rumored iPad Air 3 turned out to be the 9.7” iPad Pro. If Apple were to release another iPad Air, it may cause of cannibalism of sales for two iPads with 9.7” screen sizes released together. The iPad mini 4 was released only a year ago so it is possible for Apple to release another iPad.
If Kuo’s analysis is correct, then the iPad will likely not be at the special media event planned for September 7th. Hopefully Apple will be planning an event in the spring, which would be one year after the 9.7” iPad Pro was released.
After being announced nearly a year ago, the 12.9″ iPad Pro is expected to be updated with the second generation in the fall. There have been little to no rumors for the new tablet, but AppleInsider anonymously received a set of pictures that claim to show the next generation iPad Pro.
Two alleged photos for the next-generation iPad Pro, credit: AppleInsider
The pictures allegedly show the About section of the Settings app on both the white and black versions of the iPad Pro 2. The pictures do not reveal the design, but the model number, storage capacity, and operating system are shown. The model number is MH1C2CD/F which is not assigned to any current or previous iPad models. Its layout has the same style as other iPad generations with the right amount of letters, numbers, and symbols.
The storage capacity, though, raises a red flag that may disprove the authenticity of these pictures. It claims that the capacity is around 12GB, which is the amount of storage available after the operating system. This makes sense for a 16GB device, but the current iPad Pro starts at 32GB. An iPad with 32GB and only 12GB of available storage would mean that 20GB that is used for software. This is quite high even for prototype device.
The iPad is also running iOS 10 with a build number that corresponds to the developer’s second beta version. This beta was released in early July and has since been replaced by two beta versions.
It is difficult to confirm the legitimacy of these pictures with only the Settings app shown. However, the model number and software version are accurate with current Apple devices.
Apple is expected to release a second generation iPad Pro, likely called the “iPad Pro 2,” with the A10X processor and better specifications. It will hopefully adopt the True Tone Display and other features of the 9.7″ iPad Pro.