Interestingly, the peak of iPad rumors was sometime last summer and fall, then they died down during the winter. Last we heard, 3 new iPads were incoming and at least one had an OLED panel and curved edges. Now it seems that the newcomers are delayed and won’t see the light of day till the second half of 2017.
Initially, the slates were supposed to arrive in Q2 this year, but that won’t happen. This means that we may witness a debut in the fall, together with the new iPhones. From what we’ve heard, the Cupertino giant is expected to release a 9.7 inch iPad with an affordable price tag, a 10.5 inch iPad Pro and a 12.9 inch iPad Pro 2. The supply chain sources have hinted that the 10.5 inch unit could serve as a replacement for the 9.7 incher.
The affordable iPad could have an Apple A9X CPU inside and be meant for the education system. Meanwhile, the 10.5 inch and 12.9 inch iPad Pro will have the Apple A10X chipset, a powerful CPU, accompanied by the latest RAM and memory available. The 9.7 inch entry level slate will enter mass production in the current quarter, while the 10.5 inch iPad and the 12.9 inch iPad Pro will come off the assembly line in Q2.
Expect improved speakers, cameras, RAM, CPUs and maybe a new Apple Pencil.