Next-generation iPad reports have been all over the map when it comes to an actual release date. One day after MacRumors reported that Apple is planning a late-March event for its iPad refresh, the DigiTimes claims the event has been moved to April. Citing supply chain sources, the Taiwanese site reported today that Apple will unveil its new iPad lineup in early April to "mark the inauguration" of its new headquarters in California.
Steven Sande of Apple World Today also believes Apple will wait until next month to hold its first major keynote of 2017 at its new 175-acre campus. Sande was the first to predict an iPad event will be held to mark the opening of Apple Park, which we know is slated for early April.
The DigiTimes' source noted that the rumored "10.5-inch iPad will target education and business sectors" and that together with the second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, both models will be "Apple's mainstream products for the mid-tier to high-end tablet market in 2017."
Apple is expected to announce three new iPad models at the upcoming April event. The alleged 10.5-inch model will replace Apple's current 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and could potentially introduce the company's new digital Home button design for the upcoming iPhone 8.
The 10.5-inch model is rumored to have slimmer bezels to give it the same footprint as the 9.7-inch model. If true, this would leave no room for a physical Home button. Apple allegedly plans to move to a new digital solution by embedding a Touch ID fingerprint sensor into the displays of all future iOS devices.
Apple is also expected to unveil an entry-level 9.7-inch iPad to replace the iPad Air 2, a red color option for the iPhone 7 and a new 128GB iPhone SE model.