Apple is going all out on iPad this year and the latest reports corroborate prior rumors that the tech giant will introduce three new models in spring 2017. Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst for KGI Securities, predicted a higher demand for new iPad models although there is no mention of the iPad mini. Given this demand, the company plans to focus more on introducing new tablets to their market.
Apple's Triple iPad Release
The latest Apple iPad rumor from Kuo, a noted analyst, predicted that the company will release three iPad versions. The company will release a second generation of the 12.9-inch iPad with an A10X chip from TSMC. The second model will be a 10 to 10.5-inch iPad. This will Apple's high-end tablet and as previously indicated in some reports, it has a narrow bezel. Just like the 12.9-inch iPad, it will have an A10X chip. This time, Apple's low-priced iPad will be a 9.7-inch tablet and unlike the two models, it comes with Samsung LSI's A9 chip.
There were also reports that Apple plans to use the True Tone display with their upcoming iPad models. This technology is currently available in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro model. These new devices will also showcase a faster display technology.
iPad Mini Release
Based on the latest predictions for Apple's iPad release this year, there will be no new iPad mini in the company's tablet line. The iPad Mini 4 was the last model in the lineup and it was launched in September 2015. Although this tablet has an A8 chip, an outdated processor by modern standards, Apple is still selling this iDevice.
Back in 2015, there were suggestions that iPad Mini 4 is going to be the last release for the lineup. As of date, there are no indications that Apple plans to refresh this product and the latest predictions also support this claim.