The 10.5-inch iPad Pro may indeed come in June, 5-6 million units expected to be shipped in 2017


The anticipated new 10.5-inch Apple iPad Pro tablet seems to be just around the corner, and the latest speculations about a possible official announcement in June find another hint coming from hardware manufacturers in Taiwan. According to Digitimes, the mass production of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro has actually started in March or April, and the volume achieved is currently at around 500,000 units a month. What is more, it is expected to reach a level of 600,000 units in July, since the supply chain's shipments of components for the manufacturers have been increasing recently, the source says.

The logical reason for such a volume increase in the factories (if it is a fact, of course) could be expected market demand, so it is also logical to expect an announcement to be made soon - most likely in June, at the company's WWDC event. The production increase also gives market observers grounds to predict that the overall shipments of Apple's new 10.5-inch iPad Pro could reach five to six million units in 2017.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is not going to be just a slightly bigger version of the cheaper iPad model released earlier this year. The new tablet is rumored to be equipped with the A10X chipset, and to have unusually thin bezels, as well as a Tоuch ID module and all the benefits of Apple’s current ‘Pro’ branded tablets, such as support for the Apple Pencil.

All of these rumors, however, are still questionable until Apple makes the expected official announcement. We still do not know for certain when exactly the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will launch, so we just have to wait again as we did back in March when a possible April launch was discussed. But hopefully, not for long this time.

source: Digitimes

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12 Comments

1. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

I loved my 12.9 iPad, I cannot go back in size now, in fact I would love a 17 inch iPad like my Laptop screen, as that size still fits in my bag. I don't get why people champion small tablets, they're not small enough to not carry around in a bag or leave in your car, so you might as well just have a big tablet that still fits in a bag. Especially now that phones have gotten so big, people like my G/F just don't see the point in a tablet any more, but a big tablet also acts as a TV. I hope Apple make another 12.9 at least.

3. techbuttcheex

Posts: 203; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Phones should be small and tablets should be large. Common sense

2. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

So basically a slightly bigger iPad over the 9.7, with no new features, same design. Come APple, just drop an Intel chip and boot OSX on it. I rather have that then another lame iPad. Watch they raise the price too.

10. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Mr TechieXP I wholeheartedly agree that any "Pro" iPad should be running Mac OS by now. There's iOS for iPhone and iPod, but iPad Pro should be a Mac device. Microsoft proved with the Surface Pro line that a full OS works great on a tablet.

12. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

Interesting that Apple have made no attempt at converging OSX and iOS. There are no OSX devices that have touchscreen and there are no iOS devices that support a mouse. I wonder if they're going to bring out a new pencil with a button on it and a clip

4. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Is 10.5" new screen size for regular iPad or it's just another way for apple to sell more tablets?

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Jony Ive is simply resizing the toyPad in photoshop nowadays, looking for which size will put an end to their double digit decline in sales...

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Actually, reports have said the biggest reason for the decline was the iPad mini.the other sizes were stable in sales over the years. If you want to talk about design, most tablets pretty much look like their previous version for some years now. Last but not least, the iPad is still the number 1 tablet in sales. What does that say for the rest of the tablets out there?

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Keep sugar coating it with lame excuses, won't stop the double digit decline in sales. "Last but not least, the iPad is still the number 1 tablet in sales" 1 device to offer the iOS experience vs loads of devices to offer the Windows experience, what's hard for your head to realize 1 size isn't fit for all? Also, iOS market share continues to shrink every year while Windows increases, what does that say about iOS tablets?

9. cmdacos

Posts: 4200; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I'm holding out for the 11.3" version.

6. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I think after this one they'll abandon the 9.7" Pro model abruptly. I think it is the right move. People love their big screen these days. Bigger the Better.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Keeping my 12.9 Pro for at least 2 years. I don't upgrade tablets, like I do phones, so I'm in no rush. If they come out with a 15 incher though, I'm there.

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