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Apple rumored to launch new iPads next week

It is expected that the company will launch a new bezel-less 10.5-inch iPad Pro model.

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In the coming week, Apple is expected to take the wraps off some new products, likely to be a new iPad Pro lineup. This could include the rumored 10.5-inch narrow bezel iPad Pro model along with the updated 9.7-inch iPad and 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2. Although Apple is yet to send out official invites, reports indicate that the company will be hosting an event between March 20 and March 24. This contradicts recent reports which hinted at an April 4 event for the launch of the new iPad series. Also Read - Apple is likely to add this old iPhone model to its vintage product list on December 31

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The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is believed to be the first ever Apple iPad to undergo a radical design change as it will ditch the physical home button for an iPhone-like Touch ID sensor layered beneath the display, MacRumors reports. With narrow bezels, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will have thinner bezels which will further enhance the seamless display. However, the trade-off comes in the form of device thickness. At 7.5mm, the next iPad Pro will be as thick as the original iPad Air and this could be due to the pressure sensitive display technology used. There have also been speculations about Apple adding support for Apple Pencil. It is further reported that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will feature Apple s new A10X processor. ALSO READ: This smartphone case lets you run Android on your iPhone; offers 256GB storage, IR blaster and wireless charging Also Read - Apple India reveals the best apps for iPhone, iPad, and Mac in 2021: Check out the list

For the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 model, Apple is expected to add a True Tone display similar to the 9.7-inch version. This display technology uses advanced light sensors which adapt the color and intensity of the display in accordance to the light in the surrounding environment. The 12.9-inch model is further expected to come with a 12-megapixel rear camera. Akin to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 will also be powered by the new A10x processor.

The 9.7-inch model is said to feature a Smart Connector, four speakers, and being a low cost model will be powered by the older A9X chipset. It is further likely to come with a 12-megapixel rear camera with flash. ALSO READ: Apple Pencil holder for iPads, iPhones detailed in new patent application

Interestingly, the company is also rumored to announce a few products other than the refreshed iPad lineup. If the reports are to be believed, Apple could take the event to announce a 128GB variant of the iPhone SE along with new Red color variants of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These could be further complemented with new Apple Watch bands. Whether Apple chooses to launch the slew of products in the coming days or opts for a later date shall be ascertained once the official invites are out. Until then, one is suggested to take the rumors with a grain of salt.

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  • Published Date: March 14, 2017 3:30 PM IST



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