Corroborating rumors of a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, Digitimes reports that Apple does indeed plan on launching a 10.5-inch iPad in 2017. As per its sources, production of the tablet will start from December 2016, with the device slated to go on sale early next year.
The report cites that tablets larger than 10-inches in size have been particularly popular among enterprises which is why Apple is launching a 10.5-inch iPad in 2017. The tablet will not be radically different from Apple’s existing iPad offerings. It will sit in between the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro and will feature Apple’s beefed up A10X processor.
The launch of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will also lead Apple to reduce prices of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The company will presumably take this move to phase out the iPad Air 2 and replace it with its existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro in its iPad lineup.
Unlike the 2017 iPhone, the new iPads that Apple will unveil next year will not feature an OLED screen. The tablets will feature modest updates over Apple’s existing offerings and are expected to be unveiled in March. An earlier report from Kuo had pegged that the 2018 iPads from Apple will feature “revolutionary” changes including an OLED display.