Apple is planning to launch an iPad Pro with a 10.5-inch display while revamping the iPad Mini and the iPad Air lineup with new powerful processors.
The tablets allegedly will not have a home button leading to a fully bezel-less display for the first time.
The designers at Apple have been continuously trying to change the original design of the iPad tablet. With the Nexus line and other manufacturers showing very little interest in the tablet market, the iPad may soon become the numero uno device to go for due to lack of options in the market. Besides, the new 10.5-inch display should favor multi-tasking according to a blogger named Dan Provost. It pushed the team to go with this peculiar screen size that sports a 2732×2048 resolution with 326 pixels per inch. The size is neither too big nor too small offering the best tablet users have known so far.
The announcement also gives a vague notion that the company’s own product may cannibalize the iPad Air even though they do have plans to release a next generation version. Both the new pro and the Air sports similar screen sizes with minor difference whereas the big change is in the hardware. Apple may choose to keep the iPad Pro new edition as the choice for professionals who like to spend more for productivity and push the iPad Mini 2017 edition as the consumer friendly, compact tablet. We may no longer see the Air series continue after this one but it is tough to assume things at this point based on these rumors.
A rendered image of the new Pro tablet without a home button has been posted online on a Chinese website. The end result is gorgeous and it looks exceptionally large, making it the perfect workhorse professionals might need. At the same time, in order to make this possible Apple should integrate all controls within the display including a fingerprint scanner and introduce 3D touch display on an extensive scale than they already did.
Pricing of these products – the Apple iPad Pro 10.5-inch version, iPad Mini 5 and iPad Air 3 will be similar to the outgoing versions. It will bring the pricing of the existing models to highly affordable levels and Apple will soon be the only company to offer premium tablets at an affordable range even though they are old by two or three years by now. iPad Mini 2 is still making great sales due to its reduced cost and it’s position might soon be taken over by the iPad Mini 4 when the new tablets arrive in the third quarter of 2017. The rumors didn’t state whether the Cupertino company plans to discontinue the 12-inch iPad Pro tablets or not.