Apple's expanding line of iPad tablets is widely accepted as the gold standard in the tablet market. If both do not ship in the first quarter TPK is expected to see revenues drop 10% sequentially and GIS could see revenues drop 35% from last quarter. iPad shipments are expected to reach 40 million units in 2017, down slightly from 2016.
Meanwhile, an investor note from securities analyst KGI noted a year ago that the upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be an improved iteration of the first-gen model and that the 10.5-inch tablet will be the real featured device, which will have narrow bezels.
Apple may announce a new 7.9-inch model and the 10.9-inch model will come at 10.5 inches. iPad Pro models will support Apple Pencil which is also going to debut at the same event. The iPad Pro 2 is said to be released along with the new beta iOS 10.3 update. The 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch models are expected to feature the A10X processor, while the entry-level 9.7-inch model will use the A9 processor.
The latest rumours come from an unnamed source in the supply chain speaking to DigiTimes. Unfortunately, this will affect the first-quarter sales of supply chain makers, which is not that good for them. However, according to a new report you could be waiting a bit longer than expected for the two larger sizes.
Apple controversially dropped the traditional headphone port from its new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets which it unveiled previous year.
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Originally, the plan was for three new iPads to be released in the first quarter of 2017, but the delay for the new iPad Pro models pushes them into the second quarter.
The site also reports that the existing 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be getting the True Tone display, which is now limited to the 9.7-inch model.
According to securities analyst KGI Ming-Chi Ku, the iPad Pro 12.9-inch model will be an impressive update over the first generation model.
Earlier this month Apple CEO Tim Cook also stated, "we've got some exciting things coming on iPad, and I am optimistic about where things are headed".