One of Apple's suppliers claims that the Cupertino-based company will launch a new 10.5-inch iPad version aimed at the education and business sectors
The new 10.5-inch iPad is rumored to feature Apple's A10x processor. The new entry would be part of a general revamp of Cupertino's tablet family coming next year and expected to go into production early next month.
Apple reportedly decided to add this new 10.5-inch tablet model primarily because sales of "tablets" with 10-inch screens, or even larger displays, have been doing very well in the United States. Its 9.7-inch iPad is too small, while the 12.9 iPad Pro is too expensive. Therefore, a tablet that would act as a "middle ground" was needed. An indiscretion that only confirms the same information provided by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities last August. A foundation of truth, then - even if it's Apple - should be there.
Rumors, rumors or certainties?
Two rumors to which other rumors are added that lead to the same conclusion: Apple intends to launch a 10.5-inch iPad. Barclays analysts - at the beginning of the month - were already talking about this new tablet in the 10-inch bezel-less range that would be launched together with the renewed versions of the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch models respectively, citing one of the many Asian suppliers of Apple components as a source. The Japanese site Mac Otakara had, however, had spoken of a new 10.1-inch iPad Pro coming out in early 2017. It should not be forgotten that Kuo of KGI Securities is convinced that the Cupertino company will also launch low-cost versions of the 9.7-inch iPad. Finally, today's sources seem to corroborate this hypothesis when they claim that Apple would plan to "compete with Android models."