Apple testing four new iPad Pro models in San Francisco and Cupertino

Apple testing four new iPad Pro models in San Francisco and Cupertino
Earlier today, we told you that Apple could launch its new iPad tablets as soon as next week without any type of major announcement. Confirming   that new iPads are on the way to being announced, is a report published today that cites mobile marketing firm Fiksu. Logs produced by the latter reveal that a number of new iOS tablets have been tested in the area around San Francisco and Cupertino.

The data from Fiksu shows that Apple is testing four different tablets. Fiksu has a special tracking and attribution SDK which thousands of apps use. Apple installs apps on its devices while testing them, and some of these apps are bound to support Fiksu's tracking capabilities. Fiksu has spotted iOS tablets carrying the internal model names such as "7,1" "7,2," "7,3," and "7,4." The model that appeared the most times (17) was 7,1. That was followed by model 7,2 (11 appearances), 7,4 (10 appearances) and model 7,3 (5 appearances). One month prior to the launch of the last Apple iPad Pro, Fiksu saw models "6,3/6,4" and "6,7/6,8" being tested around Cupertino. The new devices recently tested were running a mix of the iOS 10.3 beta and iOS 11.

According to KGI Securities' reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will unveil three new iPad Pro units with updates to the current 9.7-inch and 12.3-inch iPad Pro models. A 10.5-inch version will replace the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and will feature narrower bezels. That variant, and the revised 12.3-inch iPad Pro will both be powered by the A10X chip; the 9.7-inch model will be considered a budget version and will sport the A9 chip employed by the Apple iPhone 6s. Kuo sees the budget model grabbing 50% to 60% of the sales generated by the three new models.

The iPad, like the rest of the tablet market, has been suffering from a multi-year decline in sales. During Apple's fiscal Q1, which ended in December, Apple earned $5.5 billion in revenue by selling 13.3 million iPad units. The revenue was down 22% year-over-year and the number of tablets sold was 19% lower from the previous year. The problem, as tablet manufacturers have discovered, is that these devices are not working on a two-year replacement cycle like smartphones are. To prove that point, Fiksu points out that the first four full-size iPad generations,  plus the original Apple iPad mini, are responsible for more than 45% of current iPad use. And those slates were originally sold between 2010 and 2012.


source: Fiksu via TechCrunch

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43 Comments

1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'd like to have a 7.9" iPad Pro mini. iPads are still the best non-Windows tablets out there IMO

18. TerryTerius unregistered

Guess it's time for me to update my iPad.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'm ready for whatever awesomeness that Apple has in the form of the iPad. I'm mostly a phone guy, but I have dabbled in a few tablets from the awful playbook to the Kindle Fire onto the iPad Air 2.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why would.tou ever conaoder a cheap.Kindle Fire? No wonder you criticize Android tablets. Because you bought crappy ones. Why not a Tab S? Note 10.1? Note 12.2?

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30962; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

In the words of Detective James Carter FBI: What the hell did you just say!?!

32. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I usually don't pay him any attention. He's just rambling.

6. Unordinary unregistered

So because he bought a crappy tablet that ran Android, means he can't criticize BECAUSE it was Android? LMFAO s**t ANDROID TABLET POINT BLANK. End of discussion

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

You got what you pay for, I have seen my buddy bought a $50 tablet and he has problem with video playback. This people that complain about Android are a bunch of clueless s**t!! That's include you Unordinary.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

iPads are great multimedia devices. No doubt about that. I have the iPad Pro 9.7 inch, and I love it (they smoke Android tablets. Sorry, dude) for what it is. A multimedia device. Nothing really "Pro" about it. I personally think that Apple should get rid of the "Pro" monicker altogether. No way this thing can compare to real "Pro" tablets, like Surface. The Surface wipes the floor up with this thing. Still, it's a great tablet. I'd just like to see Apple market towards its strength, which is multimedia. Just my opinion on a device that I actually own and use, as opposed to pretending I've used devices to try and get my cred up on PA.

12. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Agreed. My old iPad Mini 2 is still good for media. Would last me a couple more years if it had extra Gig of RAM. If Apple doesn't remove 3.5 mm jack on the next iPad, either mini or regular, will consider getting one.

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. If they remove the 3.5 mm jack I will not be updating my iPad Pro to the latest model. I also want them to add Force Touch to the next iteration of the iPads. It should have been added the Pro 9.7 inch when it was first released.

19. TerryTerius unregistered

Well said. I own the 12.9, and while I can do about 90% of the things I need to it is not a true competitor for traditional laptops or the surface models. It can handle what it does fantastically well, but it has clear limitations. For my needs I am more than satisfied, but I understand why other people may need something more substantial. Couldn't agree more my dude.

23. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

While its not a direct replacement of a Windows laptop. Its does not heat up like one either. My Core M tablet is still too hot for me to hold in my hands comfortably. I need to put it down someplace on my bed.

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Thanks, my dude. Just keeping it real. I love my iPad Pro 9.7 inch, but I need something more when it's time to get some serious work done.

33. Mxyzptlk unregistered

"Just my opinion on a device that I actually own and use, as opposed to pretending I've used devices to try and get my cred up on PA." No you haven't.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Bwahahahahaha!! I knew you would respond to my comment in your usual bumburned fashion, totally offended by what I said. Truth really does hurt you, lol.

42. Mxyzptlk unregistered

No, not at all, alpha. But if it makes you feel any better, keep telling yourself that.

43. meanestgenius

Posts: 21754; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lol, of course you're in pain over my comment, JakeLee. That's why you're the only one that took offense to it. But hey, keep denying it if it makes you feel better.

14. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

I've only ever seen 1 elderly person reading an e-novel on a Kindle Fire during an overseas flight. It's cheap to buy and a decent e-book reader. That's about it.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30962; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm good for a couple years. My 12.9er is a beast, and handles whatever I throw at it. Get to September, and the iPhone 8.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Already habe an IPad Pro. The iPad really hasnt changed since 2010. It fows basically all the same things, juat on newer hardware. The Tab 3 has xirextional auto-sensing speakers, which criticized Apple.for not having in the iPad Pro. No leaked special features. Will it have 3D Touch this time? If so why? Nothing. ew, just size. No pne eve talks about the iPad. In less than 2 years the Surface along with other Windows hy rod tablets will have the top marketshare.

8. bucky

Posts: 3775; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Windows tablets are horrible for touch. And to top it off, they are half ass'd laptops. 2 years...I'm pretty sure that was said 2 years ago too.

15. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

Can someone tell me the point of the surface? It's a trash tablet and a bad laptop. The gimmick is itself.

10. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

How hard is it to use the A9X for the budget version? Do they really save that much money using the A9 over the A9X or do they enjoy ripping off their sheep like Mxyzptlk? You already have a 100 billion, let the consumer win the price wars for once.

11. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"Do they really save that much money using the A9 over the A9X or do they enjoy ripping off their sheep like Mxyzptlk?" A) You realize the A9 is LITERALLY the third best mobile chip in any device right now, correct? Why put the A9X in a budget model? B) Calling people sheep only makes you look like a f**king loser.....worry about your own wallet kid.

17. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Lol sheep kiko007. It's nowher near the third best and Apple could easily use their old gen A9X chip for their budget model to you know, give their consumers better value and more power....

13. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

It would be nice if they thought that way. I assume that since A9 was used in iPhone 6s it is the more power efficient version and perhaps enable them to put a smaller battery in to make it lighter. Smaller battery = less cost. They can maintain their profit margin and charge less.

20. whatev

Posts: 2193; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

The A9 is still better than the best android chip and we are in 2017, maybe by next year it will be surpassed by the best of android but still the A9 will be relevant and a reference in terms of performance and efficiency

25. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Are you kidding? 2016 flagship SoCs beat the A9.l

27. whatev

Posts: 2193; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

In which way? Aren't benchmarks irrelevant when androids are behind? Or the relevance is selective? Last time I checked iPhone 6s outperformed the latest androids on speed tests and games performance which is important since it presses the gpu to the maximum

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