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Apple could launch a 10-10.5-inch 'high end' iPad Pro model this year

A new report suggests that a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model with a bezel-less screen will launch in the first half of this year.

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Even as there’s huge excitement around Apple‘s next generation iPhone, the company seems to have something interesting planned for its iPad lineup as well. While the current iPad lineup includes a 7.9-inch iPad mini and iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Air and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro, reports suggest that a new 10.5-inch model will also be introduced this year. According to the new information on Apple’s new iPad lineup, the company might be considering a 10-10.5-inch display variant for the next generation iPad Pro. Also Read - iPhone 12 Mini reaches end of production already, say rumours

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According to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple’s 10-10.5-inch model could be a high-end variant with a bezel-less display. The model will also come with Apple s top-end A10X processor among other improvements. Despite three new models that Apple has in its roadmap ahead, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo isn’t bullish on growth of the iPads. According to the analyst, the iPad shipments in 2017 will witness a drop to around 35-37 million units year-on-year. ALSO READ: Next-gen Apple iPad Pro to reportedly feature bezel-less display, ditch physical home button

According to previous reports, the tablet lineup from Apple will include a low-cost iPad with a 9.7-inch display, a new iPad Pro with a display that is either 10 or 10.5-inch, and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2. The reports also stated that the main reason behind a 10.5-inch iPad variant is the higher adoption of the 10-inch tablets among enterprises and the education sector in the US. While its existing 9.7-inch iPad might not be the preferred display size for these segments, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro on other hand could be too expensive for such a target audience. ALSO READ: iPhone at 10: A great run for Apple but challenges ahead

Apple’s next generation iPad line up is expected to be unveiled in March this year and go on sale in the following weeks. As said earlier, main attraction of Apple’s 2017 products will be the new iPhones as the company celebrates 10th anniversary of the smartphone. Based on rumors and leaks so far, the company is expected to launch as many as three variants of the iPhone, with 4.7-inch, 5-inch and 5.5-inch display sizes. Rumors suggest that the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 variant will come with OLED display and a dual-camera setup. While the 5-inch variant will retain the dual-camera setup, it will sport a LCD display instead. Rumors suggest that, both rear cameras on the iPhone 8 will come with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). The 4.7-inch will be the cheapest of the three variants and will also come with a LCD display along with a single camera sensor. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 to feature curved OLED display made by Samsung: Report

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  • Published Date: January 9, 2017 2:15 PM IST
  • Updated Date: January 9, 2017 2:17 PM IST


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