Analyst Report: New 9.7-inch iPad will ship with Apple Pencil support

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Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued (via 9to5Mac) a new report predicting that the Apple pencil will double in shipments this year. Kuo believes that the rumored next-generation 9.7-inch iPad will support the Apple stylus when it is announced tomorrow.

Apple is expected to unveil its new low-cost iPad at its education event in Chicago on Tuesday. Little is known about the new iPad, but according to Kuo it will be the first non-iPad Pro to work with Apple's stylus. Kuo also believes that future iPhone models will also eventually support the Apple Pencil.

Kuo believes the new iPad with Apple Pencil support will help increase shipments of the $99 stylus from an estimated 4-4.5 million last year to 9-10 million this year.

The Apple Pencil was originally introduced in November, 2015 for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The stylus is now supported by all iPad Pro models, but not the regular 9.7-inch iPad or iPad mini.

Apple's education keynote is scheduled for 10am ET on Tuesday, March 27 at Lane Technical College Prep High School. The company is expected to announce a new low-cost iPad and software geared towards students and teachers. Rumors have put the new 9.7-inch model somewhere around $259.

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