A new report recently claimed that Apple will be announcing new iPads at an event sometime next month. The Cupertino-based firm is expected to unveil new iPad models in three sizes – 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch. However, according to a new report from Digitimes, the 10.5-inch iPad and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models will not be released until May or June.
Apple had apparently planned to release the three new iPads in the first quarter of the year, but the two models have now been delayed to the second quarter of the year. As a result of the delay, Apple supply chain makers are expected to suffer in terms of sales during the first quarter. Sources also predicted that total iPad shipments this year will hit 40 million units, slightly lower than last year’s number.
While the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch models aren’t expected to offer significant upgrades over their predecessors, the all-new 10.5-inch iPad is the one to watch out for. If rumors are to be believed, the 10.5-inch iPad will feature razor-thin bezels on all sides, boasting of a high screen-to-body ratio. It will be powered by the powerful Apple A10X chipset, the same chipset that will also be powering the 12.9-inch iPad Pro update. The entry-level 9.7-inch model on the other hand, will be powered by the Apple A9 processor under the hood.