Despite the fate of the entire iPad Air line being clouded with uncertainty these past several months, hope that the device lineup would soon have a refresh has been rekindled, as a new report has surfaced saying that Apple is set to release at least three different variants of their iPad tablets throughout the entire course of 2017.
According to 9to5Mac, it was stated that KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a new report saying that Apple is set to release at least three different tablets next year. These alleged devices have no specific release windows yet, and it is unknown what set of new features and specifications they would be carrying, apart from their display size variations. However, it was said that these tablets would all likely carry the “Pro” branding.
These three tablets include the sequel to the iPad Pro, the iPad Pro 2, which would be coming with a 12.9-inch display. Next would be a budget-friendly iPad Pro with a 9.7-inch screen possibly the sequel to the current iPad Pro 9.7 out in the market right now. Finally, there is the new iPad that would come in with a different screen size the first for any iPad tablet so far at 10.5 inches.
In the past few months, there have been long running rumors that the iPad Air 3 had already been cancelled by Apple, after having the iPad Pro 9.7 released on the day that the iPad Air 3 had been expected to come not to mention that the former had the same set of specifications expected from the latter.
With that, it is now highly expected that the long rumored iPad Air 3 might very well be the upcoming 9.7-inch iPad Pro that is set to be released next year only that it comes in with a different moniker, as Apple is seemingly moving on to having all of its tablets fall under the “Pro” branding.