Apple is preparing to launch a trio of new iPads alongside a new red coloured iPhone 7 and a 128gb iPhone SE at a surprise March event, it has been claimed.
The move would be the first major overhaul of Apple’s iPad Pro line, and would replace the aging iPad mini with a new 7.9inch iPad Pro.
It could also see the release of a new 10.5inch model that features an edge to edge display and no home button – paving the way for the iPhone 8 expected to be revealed in September.
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This year, Apple is set to launch three new iPad devices, including an entirely new edition with a 10.1-inch screen. But fans hoping to get their hands on the devices may be left waiting longer than the estimated March release date. Pictured is the iPad Pro which launched in 2015
THE RUMOURED IPADS
Apple will be releasing three new models this year – a 7.9-, 9.7- and 10.1 inch model.
All three of the new iPad Pro models are expected to be equipped with quad microphones.
And surprisingly, they will retain the 3.5mm headphone jack unlike the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets that were unveiled last year.
The existing 12.9-inch iPad Pro will also be getting the True Tone display, which is currently limited to the current 9.7-inch model.
Mac Otakara said the 10.9-inch iPad Pro—it now says 10.5-inch—will have the same overall footprint as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro thanks to its edge-to-edge design.
The earlier report said the top bezel will remain in order to provide space for the front-facing FaceTime camera, but it will likely be slimmer.
The new 7.9-inch iPad Pro will feature a Smart Connector, True Tone display, four speakers, and a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, giving all the Pro models similar capabilities.
In October, reports suggested that Apple would be launching its three new iPad devices in March 2017.
Apple will be releasing 7.9-, 9.7- and 10.1-inch models.
But rumours from an unnamed source speaking to DigiTimes, suggest that these new products are ‘still in planning.’
All three of the new iPad Pro models are expected to be equipped with quad microphones and will retain the 3.5mm headphone jack, reports Japanese tech site Mac Otakara.
Apple controversially dropped the traditional headphone port from its new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus handsets which it unveiled last year.
The reports claims the event could also see a new red colour of Apple’s iPhone 7 unveiled – although the firm usually only launches red products to tie in with Bono’s RED charity
‘Mac Otakara does not have a perfect track record with Apple rumors, but its sources have proven accurate on multiple occasions in the past’ said Mac Rumours.
The Japanese site was the first to correctly report on Apple dropping the 3.5mm headphone port from its latest handsets and introducing the new jet back colour, says Mac Rumours.
The site also reports that the existing 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be getting the True Tone display, which is currently limited to the 9.7-inch model.
The larger iPad model is also expected to gain the 12-megapixel rear camera and True Tone flash from the smaller model.
Apple first unveiled the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in September 2015, making it the firm’s biggest tablet to date.
Apple first unveiled the 12.9-inch iPad Pro in September 2015, making it the firm’s biggest tablet to date
The Apple Pencil digital stylus was also introduced at the same time, enabling people to draw on the tablet more easily.
The smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro was then introduced in March.
Apple has been contacted for comment concerning the delay of the launch of the trio of new iPads, but is yet to respond.