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Apple may launch new iPad Pro models as soon as next week without any sort of event

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Apple may launch new iPad Pro models as soon as next week without any sort of event
While the iPhone 8 is easily the most anticipated piece of hardware that we're expecting from Apple in 2017, that's not all the company will be announcing throughout the year. We've been expecting a refresh to the iPad Pro line for some time now, and a new rumor suggests that we could get an announcement on this new iPad hardware from Apple as soon as next week.

"Reputale supply chains" that MacRumors has come into contact with say that Apple will announce new iPad Pro models between March 20 and 24. Past reports have suggested that we'll be getting three new iPad Pro variants this year, with updates to the existing 9.7-inch and 12.3-inch models and an all new 10.5-inch variant. Some outlets believe that the new 10.5-inch iPad will replace the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro and that the upgraded 9.7-inch model will be used as a replacement for the extremely outdated iPad Air 2.

Apple may launch new iPad Pro models as soon as next week without any sort of event

No matter how Apple decides to market these new tablets, this latest rumor means that we could be looking at a situation in which Apple announces new hardware but doesn't hold a press event to do so. Apple sent out invites to the media for its March event in 2016 and 2015 around eleven and twelve days before the event took place, but no such invites have been sent out so far this year. It's possible that Apple will still hold a press conference and is just late with getting invitations sent out, but we're also looking at the possibility of the company introducing the new iPads without any amount of fanfare. 

The lack of a proper event would make more sense if Apple was only releasing incremental hardware updates to the existing iPad Pro models, but we find it hard to believe that the folks over in Cupertino would announce an iPad with a new form factor through a boring press release. We'll keep you updated if we receive any sort of invite from Apple between now and next week, but if not, we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for the possibility of an untraditional hardware announcement. 

source: MacRumors

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posted on 13 Mar 2017, 13:35 2

1. SleeperOne (Posts: 189; Member since: 25 Feb 2017)


Meh...

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 13:40 2

2. Unordinary (Posts: 2231; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


When can we see other companies come out with a good tablet? Getting stale just seeing iPads literally everywhere, and Surface's hybrid laptop now as well. Maybe Samsung will stop making crap.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 13:43 4

3. Furbal (Posts: 1049; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Probably not for a bit. Chrome os tabs might come in 2018, just a complete guess though.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 14:55 3

7. ShadowSnypa786 (Posts: 97; Member since: 06 Jan 2017)


Samsung doesn't make crap the Galaxy Tab S3 looks really good and I will definetly be picking one up. Just because they not your cup of tea doesn't make them crap/junk.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 15:47 1

9. Unordinary (Posts: 2231; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


They're junk.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 19:42 1

13. yyzamin (Posts: 214; Member since: 26 Aug 2015)


They lag. If you refuse to get an iPad buy a Chromebook ahead of ANY android tablet.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 22:39

14. joey_sfb (Posts: 6338; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


yyzzamin Clueless comment. Tablet is a phone with 7 inch or greater screen. Their spec affect their performance much like a phone.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 23:26 2

15. joey_sfb (Posts: 6338; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Apple devices are worst than junk. They are brainwashing device that turn humans to sheeps.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 23:34 1

16. kiko007 (Posts: 4429; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


When fanboyism turns to cringe-worthy name calling......

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 02:10 1

18. joey_sfb (Posts: 6338; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Well what kind of response do you expect when you start calling other people stuff as junk.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 13:52 1

4. jeroome86 (Posts: 1705; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Extremely outdated Air 2. Mine runs buttery smooth.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 14:00 2

5. bucky (Posts: 2927; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Mine too actually. I think its been the best bang for the buck tablet out there.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 05:49

19. ShaikhJGI (Posts: 208; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Do you have Replay App? How does it work even today? Flawlessly..? :)

Please let me know as I am planning to get back my Air 2 :)

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 14:44

6. j_grouchy (Posts: 32; Member since: 08 Nov 2016)


Maybe I'm the only one who's grown weary of all the hoopla every time someone wants to announce a new phone or other device..? Honestly, Apple doesn't really have to promote their stuff anymore. For better or worse, plenty of folks will buy it no matter what.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 15:06 2

8. trojan_horse (Posts: 3280; Member since: 06 May 2016)


Announcing new iPads without press conference?
That doesn't sound like Apple to me.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 16:52 1

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 22997; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


My wife just born hut me a 256 gig 12.9 Pro for xmas. I'm good, for 2-3 years on tablets. iPhone 8 can't get here fast enough though. My body is...never mind.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 19:13 1

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 22997; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


"Born hut" LMAOOOOO! I Techie'd, should've read bought. My bad.

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 18:16

11. mikehunta727 (Posts: 837; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


Mostly interested in the next A10X SoC that will most likely be coming with this tablet...should be a absolute monster

posted on 13 Mar 2017, 23:57

17. Chuck007 (Posts: 1257; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


Yes! I can finally get a upgrade to my aging iPad Air 2. Been waiting for at least two years now.

posted on 14 Mar 2017, 11:11

20. hado86 (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


I think those dates are actually the quiet MacBook refresh I've been waiting for.

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