Apple is known for the fact that it never lets go of its secrets with respect to upcoming products and technologies. However, the world has changed and it has become even harder to keep such secrets, especially if there are dozens of prying eyes out there seeking to know what’s cooking.
One notable person with such credentials is famous analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and apparently, he has a new report with details of what to expect from Apple over the coming two years, but this time, it has everything to do with the iPad lineup.
According to Kuo, 2017 will see Apple come in with up to three different iPads with sizes of between 9.7 inches and 12.9 inches. There is a 10.5-inch iPad Pro in the making and it will be part of the 2017 release. This will be sandwiched between a larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a smaller, low-cost 9.7-inch model. As for the current 7.9-inch iPad Mini, there is no word on whether Apple has plans to refresh it in the coming years, cementing earlier speculations that Cupertino might phase out the model, especially with the growing popularity of the 5.5-inch iPhone Plus models.
Kuo is adamant that the 2017 iPad Pro models will come with a newer A10X processor, but this will only materialize for the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models, with the smaller model keeping the current A9X chipset. Just like the latter chipset, the new A10X will be supplied by TSMC.
This is not the end of Kuo’s predictions, as the renowned Apple analyst also adds that Cupertino will not just be switching to AMOLED display screens with respect to the iPhone, but also for the 2018 iPad models. The company will also make radical design changes to the iPad’s form factor as well as user behavior.
Apple iPad sales have been declining in the recent past, but this is not just affecting Apple alone. Tablet sales have declined in general, especially with the presence of phablets that basically fall between a phone and a tablet. Still, this could change with the planned radical design changes and other upgrades of the 2017 and 2018 iPad models.