Apple may have excluded the rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro from last week’s product launch, but patrons do not need to worry about it getting ruled out soon. There’s a new claim recently that the tablet is about to enter limited production for a target launch likely as early as April 2017.
Speaking to Forbes earlier this month, IHS Markit analyst Rhoda Alexander shared she still believes that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro would hit the shelves in the near future. “Indications are…10.5-inch iPad production is commencing this month,” she told the outlet in an email. “An April launch still looks somewhat tentative but the necessary elements are starting to come together.”
This release prediction echoes a previous rumor that Apple saved the 10.5-inch tablet for an early April event that will “mark the inauguration” of its new Apple Park campus. A person with sources within the company’s supply chain told MacRumors previously that they still expect the 10.5-inch iPad Pro to launch in the spring.
“It looks like Apple is doing the releases in a staggered fashion. I still expect a 10-inch-range iPad sometime in the spring. The supply chain is pretty clear that it is coming, maybe as soon as April,” the insider said.
The April release could be true, but Alexander predicts the tech giant would make a limited launch first, followed by a wider rollout as production ramps up.
iPad Pro 10.5
Specs-wise, she expects the 10.5-inch iPad Pro to stay the same size as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro due to a smaller bezel. The display resolution, however, should increase from the current 2,048-by-1,536 to 2,224-by-1,668 to keep the same PPI or pixels per inch. That would also likely change the aspect ratio (width x height of the screen), allowing the company to maintain the same outside dimensions.
Other rumored features include a 12 MP iSight camera with True Tone flash and True Tone display, an A10X processor, a smart connector, and magnetic Apple Pencil. Pricing is unknown at this point. However, it could cost around $599, the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro price. Should this be accurate, we can expect the existing iPad Pro to be knocked down to a lower price range.
Apart from iPad Pro 10.5, Apple is said to be launching three more tablets including a 12.9-inch, a lower-cost 9.7-inch (priced as low as $299), and a 7.9-inch iPad mini Pro model.