It’s been nearly a year since Apple launched the 9.7 inch iPad Pro to the market, and we have not heard a lot of rumors floating around about the next iPad since then. The iPad Pro series bring in significant updates over their predecessors in terms of design and specs, making them one of the best alternatives to the traditional PCs.
According to sources from KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi-Kuo, best known for giving his accurate forecasts when it comes with Apple products, Apple will launch three new iPad models this year which sport three different screen sizes. Accordingly, the first iPad tablet will be the remodel of the current 12.9 inch iPad Pro, while the second one will serve as the inexpensive 9.7 inch iPad Pro model that will replace the iPad Air 2. Besides, the new bezel-free model will likely replace the current 9.7 inch iPad Pro and it will feature a 10 inch or 10.5 inch screen.
In terms of specs, the new 12.9 inch iPad Pro and the new bezel-free model will be powered by Apple’s latest A10X chip, while the cheaper model will be fueled by an A9 chip. According to Kuo, the release of the new iPad models will boost the tablet market this year which has been projected to shrink this year. However, according to Ming-Chi-Kuo, the iPad shipments will continue to decline this year by 10 percent to 35-37 million units. Last year, Apple reported a decline in its tablet share, which stood at 25.9 percent.
According to sources, Apple will launch three iPad models at an event in March this year. However, previous rumors said that the launch of the new iPad models might be delayed due to the TSMC struggling to manufacture the latest chip used inside the new models. Besides, rumors also say that the 2018 iPad will mark the first tablet models to use OLED display panels.
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