New 12.9 Inch iPad Pro Hinted At In iOS 10.3.3 Beta

Alain Brian
Mai 20, 2017

Launched in 2012, but with no updates since 2015, the iPad mini 7.9-inch tablet was used by Apple to compete with Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire in the small tablet market which was booming at that time. The production increase also gives market observers grounds to predict that the overall shipments of Apple's new 10.5-inch iPad Pro could reach five to six million units in 2017.

The tech giant's manufacturing partners have been producing a 10.5-inch iPad Pro since March, and are now producing around 500,000 units per month, DigiTimes is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the activity. The Cupertino company has reportedly sold a whopping 4.2 million Macs in the March quarter, up 4% from the 4 million it sold in the a year ago quarter. Apple should have fresh models on the market very soon. Monthly shipments are set to go up from 500,000 units now to 600,000 units by July. Apple typically ships the new Mac software upgrades later in the year.

That said, it's not a stretch to extrapolate that the annual unit shipment run rate of these devices could be in the ballpark of 10 million (probably a bit lower since early demand for the product should be higher than demand for it later in the cycle). It is also rumoured that a 10.5-inch variant of the iPad pro will be revealed at the upcoming WWDC. Its form factor will be similar to the current 9.7-inch model despite featuring a bigger display, thanks to narrower bezels. However, Kuo believes the iPad Pro 2 has a better chance of making the cut, compared to the just 50 percent chance that the speaker has to be unveiled. Recently, 9to5Mac had spotted a listing for "iPad 10.5" in an accessories maker's inventory display. At least until the new iPhone 8 comes out in autumn. Apart from the specs mentioned, the new iPad Pro 2 will also feature a Touch bar, Touch ID sensor, and a 12 MP camera with a True Tone Flash. Stable shipments will begin in the third quarter, added the publication. The Cupertino-based company has also considered updating the 13-inch MacBook Air with a new processor.

The main reason for dropping the iPad mini is thought to be the significant drop in sales. I'd like iOS 11 to bring a Shelf feature to the iPad that would let users clip anything with drag & drop.

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