Rumor: Apple to introduce three new iPad Pro models in 2017, will migrate iPad mini 4 to smaller iPad Pro
Date: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016, 05:59
Category: Hardware, iPad, Rumor
The current rumor has it that Apple will be swapping out the iPad mini with a smaller iPad Pro.
A report from KGI in August suggest that Apple may launch three new iPads in 2017, and suggested that the 9.7-inch model would grow in size slightly to 10.5-inches. It’s also been suggested three new iPad Pro models are coming up in the spring of next year, with some details overlapping the KGI report.
It’s been thought that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will be changed to a 10.1-inch iPad Pro. The larger screen size will be achieved by making the external dimensions 1cm longer and 0.5cm wide.
Current word around the campfire has the iPad mini 4 being changed to a 7.9-inch iPad Pro, complete with a Smart Connector and no less than four audio speakers. The iSight camera could be upgraded to a 12 megapixel camera, complete with True Tone flash, and True Tone display correspondence to Display P3.
The report doesn’t say so, but if the Smart Connector makes it into the iPad mini, it seems likely that it will be included in the 10-inch model too. The report also suggests that all three models will be upgraded to quad microphones.
Finally, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be upgraded to the 12MP camera and True Tone flash from the current 9.7-inch model, along with the True Tone display.
It’s unknown as to what the price of a 9.7-inch iPad Pro might be.
Finally, the current rumor has it that the next-gen iPad Pro units will retain the 3.5mm headphone jack, although there’s no word as to whether Apple will retain a mechanical Home button for these devices or switch over to the touch-sensitive Home button used in the iPhone 7.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.