Rumor: Apple to debut a 10.5-Inch iPad in March 2017

Rumor: Apple to debut a 10.5-Inch iPad in March 2017
We've already heard rumors that Apple is going to launch three new iPad models in March next year. According to the Digitimes, a 10.5-inch screen variant will join the familiar 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch devices. The publication cites sources from Apple's supply chain and says the 10.5-inch model will tackle the enterprise and education sectors in the United States, as the 9.7-inch one is deemed too small, and the 12.9-inch iPad is too big and expensive. The 10.5-inch screen diagonal should be optimal for these sectors' needs, and some consumers will find it a handy proposition, too.

The 10.5-inch iPad should be powered by the A10X chipset used in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and go into mass production as early as December 2016. This means the tablet will be ready for a release in the first quarter of 2017, potentially in March. According to a previous report, the upcoming new 9.7-inch iPad will feature entry-level specs and will be positioned inside a more affordable market segment. This information is echoed by the Digitimes report as well. Meanwhile, the next 12.9-inch iPad Pro will get a True Tone display like that on the current-gen 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

DigiTimes says shipments of the 10.5-inch iPad are estimated to reach 2 million units in the first quarter of 2017, and 5 to 6 million units for the whole year.

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7 Comments

1. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Should I wait for this or get an iPad Pro 9.7 at a discounted price?

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You can have my iPad Pro 128GB. I hate it. $500 and its yours.

2. KingSam

Posts: 1466; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

There are some good deals black Friday. Don't pass up on the deals. If you want the new one you can always sell that and but it. Tablets is schools are really a joke unless you're into graphics or computer stuff. Especially with the limited functionality iOS. I only read notes on my tablet and 8" is fine (that's what she said).

3. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

My money is ready. Time to change my iPad Air 2.

4. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Does not matter Apple lost the tablet market!

5. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

This is still the tablet to beat. Android don't offer a high spec tablet anymore. Loving my Air 2.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Who said anything about Android. The Surface now has a 17% market-share, while the iPad is at 19%. The iPad is dead and changing its size isn't going to do anything. This iPad Pro I have is the most worthless piece of crap I've ever bought. Samsung screwed up making the Tab S the same size. They should have stuck with 10.1 @ 16:10.

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