It would not be harsh to say that iPad Pro has failed to live up to the hype surround the massive tablet device which was launched last year. Apple hedged its bets on big screen display of iPad Pro while claiming that it would prove to be an alternate laptop device. Well, as proved by low sales of the iPad Pro, that avenue did not unfold as Apple has predicted. Reason behind lackluster iPad sales are not any deficiency in the hardware department, in terms of hardware its a powerhouse of a device but software part of it let down quite a few users and tech reviewers, and of course high price didn’t help the matters either. So, taking cues from the past, Apple is all set to launch refreshed iPad for the next year with smaller 10.5 inch screen display compared to 12.9 inch of the current iPad Pro model.
Brace Yourselves for Not One but Three New iPad Pro Models in 2017
According to rumors the iPad Pro 10.5 inch model is going to have an A10X SoC based on TSMC’s 10mn FinFET architecture. Moreover, we might see anther iPad Pro model with slightly smaller screen size, the iPad Pro 9.7 inch variant is expected to be powered by an A9X SoC. As shown by the benchmark results in recent days, processors housed in both upcoming iPad Pro models are extremely efficient and should be able to support heavy multitasking usage.
In a statement by iClarified, given below is the latest hardware specs leaks of the iPad Pro models from Apple.
We expect three new iPads (12.9″ iPad Pro, new size 10.5″ iPad Pro & a low cost 9.7″ iPad Pro) to be launched in 2017, though this may not drive shipment growth amid structural headwinds; 2017F shipments to fall 10-20% YoY. If the iPad comes in a larger size, such as a 10.5″ model, we believe it will be helpful to bid for tenders within the commercial and education markets. As a result, we expect, Apple to launch a 10.5″ iPad Pro in 2017. In addition, we estimate the 12.9″ iPad Pro 2 and 10.5″ iPad Pro will adopt the A10X processor, with TSMC (2330 TT, NT$177.5, N) being the sole supplier using 10mn process technology. The low-cost 9.7″ model may adopt the A9X processor, which is also exclusively supplied by TSMC.
Now the most important bit that you might have noticed in the above statement is that there is no mention of AMOLED display panel for the upcoming iPad Pro lineup like the one expected in future iPhone models from the next year onward. However, in 2018, we might see a significant overhaul of iPad Pro models with AMOLED displays fully integrated. AMOLED displays offer many advantages over other display units; for one they are energy efficient putting less strain on the battery, secondly they enable the manufacturing of slimmer devices which is what Apple has in the plans for future iPad Pro lineups.
Another thing to note from the statement is Apple’s persistence with current 12.9 inch iPad Pro model that may not be a bad decision in the long run. Large tablet device running on iOS gives users extra option to give with along with traditional laptops but the area where iPad suffers and which costs sales is the lack of apps optimized for large iPad models. Apple needs to address this quickly before it puts further dent on the future growth prospects of the iPad Pro devices.