Apple will introduce 10.5-inch iPad in 2017
Ming-Chi Kuo is one of the best Apple analyst and he predicts that Apple will make changes in iPad line up next year. There would be 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2, 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a new cheap 9.7-inch iPad. Furthermore, in 2018, he expects revolutionary changes with iPads including flexible AMOLED displays.
“We expect three new iPads (12.9″ iPad Pro 2, new size 10.5″ iPad Pro & low-cost 9.7″ iPad) to be launched in 2017, though this may not drive shipment growth amid structural headwinds; 2017F shipments to fall 10-20% YoY. If the iPad comes in a larger size, such as a 10.5″ model, we believe it will be helpful to bid for tenders within the commercial and education markets.
As a result, we expect Apple to launch a 10.5″ iPad Pro in 2017. In addition, we estimate the 12.9″ iPad Pro 2 and 10.5″ iPad Pro will adopt the A10X processor, with TSMC being the sole supplier using 10nm process technology. The low-cost 9.7″ model may adopt the A9X processor, which is also exclusively supplied by TSMC.”
The interesting part of the analysis is that iPad Mini is not mentioned. The reason can be either there is not enough information or it would be the end of the Mini line. However, it is actually understandable if Apple decides to remove the 7.9-inch iPads because of the popularity of phablets.
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