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Analyst Expects Three iPad Pros in 2017, OLED Coming in 2018

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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.

Three iPad Pros

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.

New iPad Pro Commercial Poses Tablet as Full Computer

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On Monday, Apple posted a new commercial for the 12.9″ iPad Pro on their YouTube channel. The commercial, which is entitled iPad Pro – What’s a Computer?, claims the iPad is as powerful as a full computer. The iPad is seen with Apple’s Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. The narrator runs through a few tasks like typing on the keyboard, multitasking to another app, using the Apple Pencil, and split-screen view for Powerpoint and Messages running side-by-side with Netflix playing a video. The commercial ends with suggesting your computer could be much better if it was an iPad Pro.

The new commercial can be seen below or watched directly on YouTube with their other ads.

Apple announces iPhone SE, 9.7″ iPad Pro and new Apple Watch bands

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On Monday, Apple held their first special media event of the year where they announced the 4-inch iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro and new bands for Apple Watch. The event, as stated by Tim Cook, will be one of the last special events to be held Apple’s Town Hall at their Cupertino Campus.

iPhone SE

iPhone SE announcement

Apple announces the iPhone SE.

The iPhone SE is Apple’s next-generation 4-inch iPhone that replaced the iPhone 5s in their lineup. While it does have relatively the same external design as the iPhone 5s, it has very upgraded internal specifications that allow it to match the iPhone 6s in terms of performance and camera quality. With its A9 processor and M9 embedded coprocessor, 12MP rear camera, 4K video recording, Live Photos functionality and rose gold color, it is almost a miniature version of the iPhone 6s. The iPhone SE starts at $399 unsubsidized for 16GB, or free with a two-year contract. Pre-orders start Thursday, March 24th and it’s available Thursday, March 31st.

 

9.7″ iPad Pro

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Apple announces the 9.7″ iPad Pro.

The iPad Pro, which is said to be one of Apple’s best products that customers love, received an update in terms of size. In addition to the 12.9″ model which came out last fall, there’s a new 9.7″ model that is successor to the iPad Air 2. It has a higher-quality display that is less reflective and brighter, dual stereo speakers, the A9X processor, 12MP rear (protruding camera) with 4K video recording and a new LED flash and a 5MP front camera. The smaller iPad Pro starts at $599 for the 32GB Wi-Fi only model and, like the iPhone SE, pre-orders start on March 24th and it’s released March 31st.

For the first time ever, Apple is offering the iPad Pro (both sizes) in a 256GB configuration. This significantly larger storage size is also rumored for the iPhone 7.

 

Apple Watch

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Apple announces new bands for Apple Watch.

While we did not see a new Apple Watch model like many news outlets predicted, we did see a whole set of new bands and the Apple Watch Sport saw a price drop. There are now twenty-two different colors of the Sport band, with yellow, royal blue and apricot (light orange) added today, and seven colors of the new Woven Nylon band. It’s available in pink, blue, royal blue, red and black. The Apple Watch Sport now starts at $299 ($50 price decrease) for the 38mm model and $349 ($50 price decrease) for the 42mm model.

 

Other Updates

Apple released new software updates for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV and Apple Watch today. The iPhone, iPad and iPod touch can update to iOS 9.3 which has new features like Night Shift, password-protected Notes and better personalization in News. For the Apple TV, tvOS 9.2 is available with Siri remote dictation, app folders and iCloud Photo Library. The Apple Watch can also be updated to watchOS 2.2, which comes with an enhanced Maps app and support for multiple watch pairing. With the exception of the Apple Watch, all of these updates can be downloaded through the Settings app on their respective devices. The Apple Watch update can be downloaded via the Apple Watch app on iPhone.




9.7″ iPad Pro coming in Spring, not ‘iPad Air 3’

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The iPad Air 3, which was what we expected Apple to call the next-generation 9.7″ tablet, is no longer going to be an “Air” but a “Pro.” A report on 9to5Mac suggests that Apple will be dropping the “Air” name from their iPad lineup and instead offering the tablet as a smaller version of the iPad Pro.

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Citing sources familiar with the matter, the next-generation 9.7″ iPad will be part of the iPad Pro lineup. Rumors still point to specs matching that of the iPad Pro: A9X processor, dual-speaker system and support for Apple’s smart accessories. The iPad Pro will work with the pressure-sensitive Apple Pencil and have a Smart Connector for a smaller version of Apple’s Smart Keyboard. Their new keyboard will be announced at the event alongside the tablet.

The iPad Pro (mini??) will have the same color options, same storage sizes and same cellular models as the current iPad Pro, but it will be priced more closely to the iPad Air 2. Apple has also been winding down production for the iPad mini 2 and iPad Air (1st gen.) so these will probably be discontinued soon. In addition, the iPad Air 2 will probably see a drop in price and be discontinued in the fall.

The new 9.7″ iPad Pro will be announced alongside the rumored iPhone SE and new Apple Watch bands at a special media event on March 15th with the release date for all new products planned for March 18th.




The iPad Pro is here

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The iPad Pro, which was announced in September, was finally released today. This long-rumored tablet comes with a massive 12.9″ display, four stereo speakers and an ultra-slim design. It is available online from the Apple Store today and later this week in their retail stores.

To put in perspective the size of the iPad Pro, 9to5Mac took this showing the 13" MacBook Pro (back) compared to the iPad Pro (front).

To put in perspective the size of the iPad Pro, 9to5Mac took this showing the 13″ MacBook Pro (back) compared to the iPad Pro (front).

The iPad Pro comes in silver, gold and space gray like the iPad Air 2, but the storage sizes are very limited. The prices are as follows: 32GB Wi-Fi only for $799, 128GB Wi-Fi only for $949 and 128GB Cellular + Wi-Fi for $1079. Delivery dates for the iPad are between November 13th and 23rd depending upon color, storage size and cellular connectivity.

iPad Pro coming November 11th (according to rumors)

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The final product to be released this year, the iPad Pro, will come out sometime in November as displayed on Apple’s website. This long-rumored 12.9″ tablet was announced at Apple’s special media event in September alongside the iPhone 6s and Apple TV 4. While Apple did not give us a specific date of release, several sources have come out to say the iPad Pro along with the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard will be available on Wednesday, November 11th. They will be released in both online and in-store on this day.

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The iPad Pro has a very limited amount of models available for purchase. While it’s still available in three colors (space gray, silver and gold), the amount of storage space is limited and they are on completely different sides of the spectrum. The iPad Pro Wi-Fi model is only available in 32GB for $799 and 128GB for $949, while the cellular model is exclusively available in the 128GB storage size for $1079.

September 2015: Apple announces iPad Pro and iPad mini 4

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On Wednesday, Apple held their final special media event of the year to announce the rest of their 2015 product lineup. At the event, they showed off the long-rumored iPad Pro and nearly missed telling us about the new iPad mini 4. The iPad Pro is more powerful than the iPad Air 2, yet it has an incredibly thin design and comes with a few new accessories. The iPad mini 4 is now a miniature version of the iPad Air 2, except for a few changes. The iPad Air 3, as expected, was not announced and will likely be held off until 2016.

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The iPad Pro has a massive 12.9″ display, which is 3″ larger diagonally than the iPad Air 2.

The first-generation iPad Pro was announced at Apple’s special media event on September 9th, 2015. This “monster of an iPad” joins the iPad mini 4, iPad mini 2 and iPad Air 2 in this year’s iPad lineup.

  • display12.9-inch Retina display (diagonal), with a resolution of 2732-by-2048 at 264ppi
  • dimensions: 12 inches tall, 8.68 inches wide and .27 inches thin (or 6.9mm); 1.56lbs for Wi-Fi only model and 1.59lbs for Wi-Fi + Cellular model
  • processor: A9X chip with embedded M9 coprocessor
  • connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2
  • cameras: 8MP iSight rear camera with 1080p HD video recording, Slo-mo up to 120fps and Time-lapse; 1.2MP front camera with 720p HD video recording
  • payments: Touch ID and Apple Pay in apps only
  • battery: up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi and up to 9 hours on cellular data network
  • other features: ultra-slim design with fully laminated display and dual-microphones like iPad Air 2, Smart Connector, four stereo speakers, new accessories, exclusive iOS 9 features
  • colors, storage and pricing: silver, gold and space gray; 32GB Wi-Fi only for $799, 128GB Wi-Fi only for $949 and 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular for $1079
  • release date: November 2015

Apple also announced the new Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard as optional accessories to use with they Pad Pro. The Apple Pencil is a pressure-sensitive stylus that was engineered to be highly responsive, draw lines of any weight (including shading) and work for 12 hours. It charges with the Lightning connector at the top of the pencil that connects directly to the iPad Pro. The Apple Pencil is available for $99. The Smart Keyboard is like Apple’s Smart Cover except it includes a keyboard and contact points for the iPad Pro’s Smart Connector. It has woven fabric covering all the keys with a stain- and water-resistant finish. The keyboard is available for $160.

iPad mini 4

The iPad mini 4 is a miniature version of the iPad Air 2.

The iPad mini 4 is a miniature version of the iPad Air 2.

The fourth-generation iPad mini 4 was quickly squeezed into the presentation on September 9th. Like last year’s announcement for the mini, Apple didn’t give it much air time. It’s rumored that this tablet will be the final generation of the iPad mini.

  • display: 7.9-inch Retina display (diagonal), with a resolution of 2048-by-1536 at 326ppi
  • dimensions: 8 inches tall, 5.3 inches wide and .24 inches thin (or 6.1mm); 0.65lbs for Wi-Fi only model and 0.67lbs for Wi-Fi + Cellular model
  • processor: A8 chip with M9 coprocessor
  • connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2
  • cameras: 8MP iSight rear camera with 1080p HD video recording, Slo-mo up to 120fps and Time-lapse; 1.2MP front camera with 720p HD video recording
  • payments: Touch ID and Apple Pay in apps only
  • battery: up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi and up to 9 hours on cellular data network
  • overall changes: iPad Air 2 packed into the iPad mini 4
  • colors, storage and pricing: silver, gold and space gray; Wi-Fi only starting at $399 for 16GB and Wi-Fi + Cellular starting at $529 for 16GB
  • release date: September 9th, 2015

iPad Pro: 12.9″ display, 64GB min. storage, price near $1K

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At Apple’s special media event tomorrow, the long-rumored iPad Pro will finally be announced. This tablet, which is significantly larger than the iPad Air 2, will be a hybrid device between the iPad and Mac. The internal specifications and software will be similar to the iPad, but there will be exclusive features, pricing and accessory hardware that makes it comparable to the Mac.

Dimensions for iPad Pro

Dimensions for iPad Pro

Apple’s new iPad, which will reportedly be called the “iPad Pro,” will have a much larger display with an all-new design and faster internal components. The iPad’s display, which is 12.9 inches, fits perfectly between the new 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro display. The tablet will be 7.2mm thick with four stereo speakers and a single Lightning port. Apple added support to the tablet for a pressure-sensitive stylus and keyboard attachment which will either be available as a case or as a separate unit (similar to Apple’s current wireless keyboard.) Contrary to what some rumors have said, these accessories are optional and will not be included with the iPad. For internal components, the tablet is powered by the A9X processor with a Bluetooth and NFC chip on the inside. There will also be both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Cellular models available with the normal iPad colors: space gray, gold and silver. Finally, the iPad storage capacity will start at 64GB instead of the normal 16GB.

The iPad Pro will have significant advantages over the current iPad lineup due to its display size. It is reported that iPad will have support for multitasking with two full-sized portrait apps running side-by-side in addition to some other features. The iPad will also be released running iOS 9.1, which is expected to come out in October.

The announcement date for the iPad Pro is currently tomorrow, September 9th, while the pre-order date won’t be until October and the release date in late November. Pricing will obviously be higher than the iPad Air lineup with some cellular models going for more than $1,000.

iPad mini 4 coming with new thin design, 8MP camera

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As we anticipated last year, the iPad mini 4 will be receiving the major updates that its previous generation should have received when it was released in 2014. The third generation only saw minor updates, like an additional storage capacity, a gold color option and Touch ID. The iPad Air 2, which was released at the same time, had fresh internal specifications and a much thinner design. Japanese blog, Macotakara, is reporting that the iPad mini 4 will be receiving major updates to be like the iPad Air 2.

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Citing reliable sources, Macotakara says that the iPad mini 4 will be adopting several of the iPad Air 2’s hardware like it’s decreased thickness and higher-MP iSight camera. The current generation iPad mini is 7.5mm, but the report says that Apple will be changing the display on the new iPad mini to be fully laminated which will decrease the thickness to 6.5mm (matching the iPad Air 2). In addition, we should see the 5MP rear camera increase up to the iPad Air 2’s 8MP camera. We will probably also see internal specs updates to match the iPad Air 2’s hardware, like the A8X processor and faster Wi-Fi connectivity.

Despite rumors about the iPad Air 3 being delayed until 2016, we expect to see it alongside the iPad mini 4 and the iPad Pro in the fall. It has also been rumored that the iPad mini 4 will be the final generation before its discontinued.

iOS 9 code hints at larger iPad Pro with 12.93″ displays

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A Taiwanese iOS developer named Hiraku Wang discovered code inside iOS 9 that suggests the long-rumored iPad Pro will have a display of 2732×2048 pixels which is 264 pixels per inch (ppi). This pixel density matches perfectly to the iPad Air’s density of 264 ppi. The source of our information, which comes from MacRumors, suggests that a display with this amount of pixels would mean the device’s display would measure 12.93″ diagonally. The iPad Pro is rumored to have a 12.9″ display so this very well could be proof that the tablet does exist (and is coming).

iPad Pro concept, credit: Martin Hajek

iPad Pro concept, credit: Martin Hajek

This wasn’t the first time updated software has hinted towards future Apple technology. In June of 2014, following WWDC 2014 and the release of Xcode 6, developers discovered they could adjust the size of the iOS Simulator to displays larger than the 4″ iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c. This was believed to hint towards larger iPhones and two months later, Apple announced the 4.7″ iPhone 6 and 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus.

The rumored 12.9″ iPad Pro is expected to be powered by the A9 processor, have the Apple Watch’s Force Touch display and come with a pressure-sensitive Bluetooth stylus. We expect it to be announced in the fall.

Sources: MacRumors