Apple launching 3 iPads in the second quarter of 2017

Apple launching 3 iPads in the second quarter of 2017

Apple is expected to unveil three new iPad devices this spring, but none of them will cater to fans of the iPad mini.

A new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that the new iPad Pro 2 will come along with a narrow bezel design, in order to make the device extremely attractive for the tech fans. As for the new, low-cost 9.7-inch iPad, Apple will reportedly use the Apple A9 SoC that was used in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and will be made by Samsung.

The largest of the three will simply be a new version of Apple's iPad Pro, while the 9.7-inch model will be a "low-priced option", Quo claims, according to 9to5Mac. This still only rumors though, there are no confirmation made from Apple about iPad Pro 2.

Other big changes to the iPad family might include new OLED displays, Kuo of KGI Securities said. Records show that several consumers of the previous Apple "iPad Pro" were proactively demanding for a mouse and keyboard support a few years ago. This could mean Apple is giving up on the iPad mini lineup, or that it will be saving this refresh for later in the year.

This follows a report from October that pointed to Apple dumping its standard 9.7in tablet in favour of a smaller 7.9in model. What might be curious is that the tablet will only have an A9 processor, but one that will be made by Apple's frenemy, Samsung.

Of course, it's still too early to set those figures in stone, as the iPads aren't expected to launch until sometime in the second quarter.

Earlier, there were reports that the new iPad models would feature a 3.5mm headphone port. Apple's latest iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is bereft of headphone ports.

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