tech2 News StaffNov 14, 2016 14:29:57 IST
Various analysts are now claiming that Apple will launch three new tablets in March 2017. Two will be refreshes of the existing line-up and the third will be a brand new product.
Analysts at Barclays suggest that the three new tablets will come in 9.7-inch, 10.9-inch and 12.9-inch screen sizes. Apple currently offers tablets in 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch screen sizes, reports The International Business Times.
The 9.7-inch iPad: Pro no more
Analysts expect Apple to drop the “Pro” from the 9.7-inch iPad lineup and sell it as an entry-level option alongside the 7.9-inch iPad Mini. Since the iPad Mini isn’t expected to be refreshed this year, the new 9.7-inch iPad will be the budget option for 2017. Specs are also expected to be entry-level.
The 10.9-inch iPad: The new kid on the block
This is a brand new iPad that Apple is expected to launch. Analysts believe that this tablet will feature a bezel-less design, offering the same footprint as the 9.7-inch iPad. This will apparently form a new line of tablets from Apple.
GSMArena suggests that the bezel-less design heralds a bezel-less iPhone 8.
Think of this as the MacBook in Apple’s line-up; a lifestyle device.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro: More pro
The existing iPad Pro is expected to be refreshed with faster hardware and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro’s TrueTone display.
The analysts haven’t revealed their expectations for 3D Touch, Pencil support and the compatibility of accessories.
Analysts from KGI securities, the firm that employs the now famous Ming-Chi Kuo, suggests that “revolutionary” changes are coming to the iPad lineup in 2018.