Apple is reportedly working on a new iPad. Recent reports claim that the company could launch three variants of iPad including a 9.7-inch iPad, a 10.5-inch iPad Pro and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2. However, some reports claim that the company could launch the iPad Mini 5 with a different name.
Recently, renowned analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported that Apple could kill iPad Mini lineup and will focus on other variants. That makes sense as current iPad Mini is suffering dismal sales. The plus variant of iPhone 6 is better option than iPad Mini. The same goes for the iPhone 7 and iPad Mini 5. Instead of 7.9-inch iPad Mini 5, Apple could launch the iPad, iPad Pro and iPad Pro to with bigger displays.
Apple is could launch a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and less expensive 9.7-inch iPad in 2017. There is no space for iPad Mini 5. Kuo also stated that Apple could make significant changes in iPad including design and introduction of AMOLED display. However, these changes will be reserved for 2018, MacRumors reported .
Meanwhile, there are rumors that the company could launch iPad Mini 5 with different name, iPad Pro Mini. The specs will remain same as rumored for iPad Mini 5 and the release will happen in September along with iPhone 7 and MacBook Pro 2016. However, it is not confirmed yet that Apple will actually change the name of iPad Mini 5 to iPad Pro 5.
According to PC Advisor, 7.9-inch iPad Pro Mini will have at least 32GB onboard storage as Apple is expected to ditch 16GB variant similar to iPhone 7. The other variants will include 64GB and 128GB internal storage option.
If Apple releases iPad Pro Mini or iPad Mini 5 in September, it is highly likely that the device would be powered by Apple A10 processor. The new tablet will run iOS 10. The new operating system is currently in beta testing mode and is expected to roll out in September. It is highly like that the new iPad will be launched with pre-installed iOS 10.
Apple is rumored to introduce a lightning port in iPhone 7. If it really happens, the next iPad will include this feature as well. Moreover, Apple has a patent for the touch sensitive home button. It is speculated that the company could finally introduce the technology in upcoming iPads and iPhone 7.
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