Two new Apple iPad Pro models are set to debut at WWDC 2017, here's what to expect

Two new Apple iPad Pro models are set to debut at WWDC 2017, here's what to expect

The 2017 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is just ahead of us – it will be held next Monday, June 2. So it's no surprise we already know a fair bit about what we can expect from the event, which should be filled to the brim with new product announcements, despite it officially primarily targeting developers for Apple's platforms.

What's pretty much guaranteed is the reveal of iOS 11, as is the WWDC tradition. When it comes to hardware, we've heard a fir bit of chatter about a standalone, Siri-powered speaker, as well as some farfetched speculation about the iPhone 8 being revealed earlier than expected.

And last but not least, the topic of this article: the two new expected iPad Pro models – a 2017 refresh of the larger, 12.9-incher, and a new, 10.5-inch model set to replace last year's 9.7-inch one. Still, we've heard plenty of info about them besides their screen sizes, so let's dive in:

The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro


An unofficial render of the new iPad next to last year's 9.7-inch model

An unofficial render of the new iPad next to last year's 9.7-inch model


Say goodbye to the 9.7-inch iPad Pro form factor. The new small iPad Pro is said to feature a larger screen, though this will only slightly impact its vertical size: the new model is said to feature much smaller bezels to compensate for the bigger screen size. Unfortunately, we haven't seen the device in real-life pictures yet, but we do have some pretty good fan renders (seen above, next to last year's 9.7-inch model.)

Some reports have also claimed that the standalone Touch ID will be replaced with one integrated right into the display – something we expect to be seeing from the iPhone 8 as well – but a couple of alleged cases for the device have featured circular cutouts on the bottom suggesting otherwise. So, file that one under 'maybe'.

Looking inside, we expect Apple to continue its tradition of slightly upgrading its latest processor and shoving it into the latest iPad Pro models. So an Apple A10X is likely, if not particularly exciting. Some case leaks have suggested the inclusion of stereo speakers, as well as slightly repositioned microphones.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017)


The 2017 12.9-inch iPad Pro model is much more of an enigma compared to its sibling. One thing's almost sure, though: that it will share most specs with its smaller sibling, meaning we should expect the same A10X processor powering it from the inside.

The current 12.9-inch iPad Pro model, which was released all the way back in 2015

The current 12.9-inch iPad Pro model, which was released all the way back in 2015


A redesign on the larger iPad Pro model is a possibility – in fact, it would be quite curious if Apple minimized the bezels of the smaller version only. Plus, the new microphone configuration was showed to be making an appearance here as well, so it's clear something will change, even if the differences are only minor; still, we haven't heard that much about this device in particular, so take this speculation with a grain of salt.

And last but not least, there have also been murmurs of a new generation of Apple Pencil, the digital stylus that debuted with the original iPad Pro. Several patent filings have suggested it will support the iPhone 8, as well as offer interchangable tips and an eraser.

Expectations


So to recap, even with the newly-introduced form factor the latest iPad Pro models will be pretty similar to last year's. And this is pretty much par for the course when it comes to iPads lately – the latest model of which is simply called the iPad, after all. Or in other words, don't expect much beyond the everyday incremental improvements.

But for a full recap of what we expect to see at one of Apple's biggest events of the year, make sure to check out our WWDC 2017 roundup.

Two new Apple iPad Pro models are set to debut at WWDC 2017, here's what to expect

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17 Comments

1. Ibiza

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 01, 2017

Expect the best tablets on the market to get even better in every possible way.

15. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 959; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Just don't expect them to announce a new iPad at WWDC, since they've never done that before and likely never will. Rumors like this have led to a lot of disappointment in the past when rumors suggested an iPhone or iPad reveal at WWDC. March and September/October are when Apple has their announcements for iPhones and iPads.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 6655; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing is Apple's own iPhone plus line has eroded and cannibalized​ its own iPads. The same is true for Android. Actually more so for Android phablets, especially since they offer real multitasking and split screen multitasking. iPhone's to this day, still do not offer that. If they did, then it would cannibalize even more iPad sales.

17. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 959; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I'd have to agree with that, but iPads do offer much better viewing experience vs a phablet for videos, games, and web browser, especially with the unmatched audio output on the iPad Pro. Those 4 speakers make a world of difference vs 2 or 1 tiny speaker. It has its place, but phablets must be eating the tablet market

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Bring Mac OS to iPads like Windows 10 on tablets.

3. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

i dont think it needs the full OS at this point. It does need local drive support and usb. Thats honestly all i would need.

10. jellmoo

Posts: 2526; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

MacOS isn't remotely configured for a touch experience though. Without some serious retooling, the experience would be terrible.

4. surethom

Posts: 1561; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

I love my Samsung 10.5 I wish Samsungor others would release 10.5" landscape android tablets.

5. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1408; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

"if tablets, then iPad" This remains relevant

6. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

New iPad Pro always let me remind this: "A tablet which can replace your laptop." *cough Macbook *cough

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30693; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Keeping my current 12.9, but I'm very curious about iOS 11, more so for the iPhone.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30693; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Keeping my current 12.9, but I'm very curious about iOS 11, more so for the iPhone.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30693; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Keeping my current 12.9, but I'm very curious about iOS 11, more so for the iPhone.

11. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

You said that three times.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30693; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No, it was posted it 3 times. PA has been tripping lately.

14. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

It is not his mistake, he is using an Android phone that autorestarted three times while posting his comment!!!!!

13. donaldkerner

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 02, 2017

Correction: It is June 5th not June 2nd

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