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

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the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro and that the upgraded 9.7-inch model will be used as a replacement for the extremely outdated iPad Air 2.


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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20 Comments

1. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Meh...

2. Unordinary unregistered

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.

3. Furbal unregistered

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

7. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 612; Member since: Jan 06, 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.

9. Unordinary unregistered

They're junk.

15. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

16. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

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

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

13. yyzamin

Posts: 383; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

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

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

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

4. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Extremely outdated Air 2. Mine runs buttery smooth.

5. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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

19. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 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 :)

6. j_grouchy

Posts: 185; Member since: Nov 08, 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.

8. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

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

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31531; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31531; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

11. mikehunta727 unregistered

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

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

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

20. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

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

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