Apple tipped to launch three new iPads in 2017

Apple is reportedly working on three new iPad models for 2017, according to a new report from reputable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The KGI Securities analyst (via 9to5Mac) claims that Apple is working on a 12.9-inch, 10-10.5-inch, and 9.7-inch version of its tablet for this year.

What’s more, Kuo says the first two of these will run on a new A10X processor, while the 9.7-inch tablet will come with an A9 processor made by Samsung.

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Kuo writes: “The new models will come in 12.9”, 10-10.5” and 9.7” versions. We note the 12.9” model will be the second generation of the existing 12.9” iPad Pro, the 10-10.5” model will be the high-end model equipped with a narrow bezel design, and the 9.7” model will be the low-priced option.”

Based on that, it looks like Apple could be working on a high-end 9.7-inch version of the iPad Air, though it doesn’t look like a new iPad Mini is in the works, if Kuo’s report is to be believed.

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The most recent iPad Mini was refreshed in September of 2015, but Apple has since focused on producing “Pro” models which come with a higher price tag but extra features such as Apple Pencil support.

Of the three models said to be in development, Kuo says the 9.7-inch tablet could be the most popular, predicting that it will make up between 50 and 60% of all shipments.

KGI also claims the iPad’s year-on-year sales will drop to between 35 and 37 million units in 2017, but that drop will be around half the decline in sales in 2016.

The 10.5-10.9-inch device tipped by Kuo has been rumoured before, with some reports claiming the tablet will be a new Pro model, aimed at enterprise and education.

Whatever the case, there’s no way to say for sure just what Apple has planned, so take the latest report with a pinch of salt.

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