This year, Apple will update the line of tablet computers iPad three models, including a new “frameless” design. This was told by a reputable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has repeatedly made correct predictions on future Apple products.
In the II quarter of 2017 Apple will introduce a 12.9-inch iPad Pro second-generation, budget iPad with a 9.7 inch display and a brand new iPad with a screen size of from 10 to 10.5 inches. Available device, designed for educational and commercial institutions, will have the A9 processor, while the other two models will be based on the latest processor Apple A10X, according to Kuo citing sources in the supply chain of Apple.
“The 12.9-inch variant of iPad Pro will be the second generation of the current “large” model 10-10,5 inch version will be top-end modification with frameless design, and a new 9.7-inch iPad will be available version. The first two tablets will be based on the A10X processor production TSMC, and the last will be the A9 chip, released by Samsung LSI,” said the analyst.
The intention of Apple to expand the iPad lineup associated with the fact that tablets with 10-inch and larger screens are very popular in the educational and commercial sector of the USA. According to insiders, 9.7-inch iPad is perceived as too small, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is too expensive for such institutions.
As expected, the first quarter Apple will deliver 2 million new “frameless” tablets, and for the entire year of 5-6 million. A significant portion of the sales will have on the budget modification iPad. Kuo predicts a further drop in sales of Apple tablets with 10% in 2016 and 20% in 2017. it is estimated that this year sales of the iPad will be around 35-37 million units.
The opinion that Apple wants to release next year iPad display is 10.5″, previously expressed by other experts. They agree that in the year 2017 three new tablet, and in 2018 will see the light of a model “flexible OLED screen.” Next year, Apple is expected to radically update the iPad. Some models will have a flexible AMOLED screens, new form factor (probably referring to the design) and “new user experience”.
Today, Apple offers several variations of tablet computers — iPad mini 7.9 inch, iPad Air (9.7 inch) and iPad Pro (12.9 and 9.7 inch).