Apple is reportedly working on a new iPad device to be launched in September. However, recent reports claim that the release will not happen in September as the company is working on three new iPad Pro devices slated for release in 2017.
The new reports come from a renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He has recently released a new search report on iPad devices. According to Kuo, Apple could launch three variants of the iPad in 2017. Thus, he ruled out the speculation for release of iPad variant in September.
According to MacRumors, Kuo has predicted that the company could kill the 7.9-inch iPad Mini lineup. The company will move its focus on a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and less expensive 9.7-inch iPad. His predictions make sense as iPad Mini is suffering from dismal sales due to the introduction of the Plus model of iPhone 7. The sales of iPad Mini 4 was affected by iPhone 6 Plus and same could happen with iPad Mini 5.
Furthermore, Kuo thinks that the new iPad Pro and iPad Pro 2 will be powered by TSMC A10X processor while 9.7-inch iPad will be fitted with TSMC A9X chipset. Kuo did not provide any other details about the specs of these products. However, he thinks that Apple could introduce a flexible AMOLED panel to iPad devices in future. But, it cannot be expected before 2018.
However, if Kuo is true and Apple is planning to make changes to the iPad lineup, buyers can at least expect changes. The changes may include having a redesigned touch sensitive home button and lightning port in the upcoming iPad device. Apple is already expected to launch iPhone 7 with these features.
Meanwhile, other reports claim that Apple is already working on a new iPad Mini 5. The new 7.9-inch iPad is expected to be powered by Apple A10 processor. The new iPad Mini will be thinner than its predecessor.
Nothing is confirmed until Apple releases any official statement regarding iPad lineup. Apple is expected to launch iPhone 7 and iOS 10 in September. If there are any plans for iPad Mini 5 in September, the company could soon announce the device, most probably along with iPhone 7.
TheBitBag team will update the information as soon as more details about iPad emerge.