Another supply chain sources has backed multiple reports that Apple plans to launch 3 iPad models in 2017. This time the report comes from the Digitimes, who cited sources from a "related upstream supply chain." According to the Taiwanese site, Apple will release "a 9.7-inch iPad with a friendly price range, a 10.5-inch iPad, and an upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro" in the second half of 2017. Both KGI Securities and the Japanese website Makotakara have also claimed Apple is working on 3 new iPad models that will be released in Q2 of this year.
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Noted KGI Securities' analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has delivered the first iPad rumor of 2017. As we previously discussed, the Apple rumor mill has gone silent about the future of the iPad, but on Sunday Kuo got the ball rolling by dusting off an old prediction. In an investor's note (via 9to5Mac) Kuo said he expects Apple to release three iPad models in Q2 of 2017.
Now that 2016 is behind us the big question that still remains, is what are Apple's plans for its iPad lineup in 2017. It is no secret that overall tablet sales are in a slump, but Apple CEO Tim Cook has said several times in the past, that he is confident customers are still interested in the iPad. However, it is obvious from Apple's new erratic release schedule that the company's priorities do not lie with the once mighty tablet anymore. Apple has not released a new model since March 31, 2016, and the rumor mill has been pretty quiet about the release of any next-generation iPad models.
As we've noted before, there hasn't been much talk about the next-generation iPad Pro 2. It is possible that Apple doesn't plan to release a new 12.9-inch tablet in 2016, or any more iPad models this year, and noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo agrees with us. MacRumors posted a new research report by Kuo, who believes Apple is planning to release three new iPad models in 2017.
While most of the world has their sights set on the iPhone 7, AppleInsider has published the first images of an alleged iPad Pro 2. The photos were sent by a "worker in Apple's Asian supply chain," according to the report. The images reveal the model number MH1C2CD/F, which has not been assigned to any other known iPad models. Model numbers can also easily be faked, and AppleInsider has not confirmed the authenticity of the leaked images.