9to5Mac reported this weekend that the iPad Air 2 has sold out at most major distributors. This is normally a sign that Apple is planning some kind of refresh, but as we have pointed out all year long, there have been zero rumors or leaks indicating we will see a new iPad model this year. Even the well trusted analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities has noted Apple will not release a new model iPad until 2017.
Kou believes Apple will launch three new iPad models, including a second-generation iPad Pro, an entry-level 9.7-inch iPad and a new unnamed 10.5-inch model. It is also still unknown if Apple plans to continue its 7-inch iPad mini lineup, or discontinue it entirely.