Not so long ago it became known that in March 2017 Apple will release updated iPad models with a diagonal of the display 9.7 and 12.9 inches, as well as completely new edge-to-edge tablet with a 10.9-inch screen. As I found out a Japanese edition of Makotakara, the new model thanks to an ultrathin framework will fit for size 9.7-inch iPad versions.
Citing “informed sources in the supply chain” in Taiwan, the publication says that increasing the screen size while maintaining the dimensions of the new iPad will be achieved through ultra-thin framework. Top frame with a FaceTime camera will remain, but the dimensions of the side frames is significantly reduced. The device will lose the Home button.
Previously it has been rumored that Apple will abandon the home button in their devices, a 10.9-inch iPad could become the first such device.
The informant emphasizes that the frameless design will allow the new iPad in size to maintain the same size as the current model with a display diagonal of 9.7 inches. The thickness of the tablet will increase to 7.5 mm Thus, the thickness of the device will fit the iPad Air.
The main reason for the market model in the new size means that tablets with screens over 10 inches are gaining popularity in the United States, particularly in the corporate and educational segments. Existing iPad with a display diagonal of 9.7 inches, many are too small and iPad Pro (a 12.9″) is not suitable for many due to high cost.
New frameless iPad needs to obtain an array of four microphones and keep the 3.5 mm Jack for headphones. It is also known that the device will receive a single-chip system Apple A10X. In the first quarter should be shipped 2 million tablets for the year deliveries will increase to 5-6 million devices.
It is also expected to decline in the price of an iPad with a display diagonal of 9.7 inches.