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Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new research report outlining his expectations for the future of Apple's iPad lineup, predicting three new iPads ranging from 9.7 inches to 12.9 inches to be released in 2017.

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According to Kuo, Apple is aiming to introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model next year to go along with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a "low-cost" 9.7-inch iPad model. Kuo makes no mention about the fate of the current 7.9-inch iPad mini, although many have assumed that model may be phased out as the recent 5.5-inch iPhone "Plus" models have helped lessen demand for Apple's smallest tablet.
We expect three new iPads (12.9" iPad Pro 2, new size 10.5" iPad Pro & low-cost 9.7" iPad) 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 10nm process technology. The low-cost 9.7" model may adopt the A9X processor, which is also exclusively supplied by TSMC.
Looking even further ahead, Kuo predicts "revolutionary" changes for the iPad lineup for 2018 "at the earliest," with Apple making "radical" changes to the iPad's design and shifting to an AMOLED display.
Revolutionary iPad model likely to be introduced in 2018F at the earliest, with radical changes in form factor design & user behavior on adoption of flexible AMOLED panel. We believe iPad will follow in the footsteps of the iPhone by adopting AMOLED panel in 2018F at the earliest. If Apple can truly tap the potential of a flexible AMOLED panel, we believe the new iPad model will offer new selling points through radical form factor design and user behavior changes, which could benefit shipments.
Kuo remains conservative in his predictions of iPad shipments, cutting his total 2016 shipment forecast from 45-50 million to 35-40 million due in large part to a lack of new models before the end of the year. Even with updated models in 2017, however, Kuo predicts shipments will continue to decline as part of general trends in the tablet market.

Article Link: Apple Planning 10.5" iPad Pro in 2017, 'Revolutionary' OLED iPad as Soon as 2018
 

Zirel

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4 iPad sizes............................

Did you even read the article?

The iPad mini probably will go, as most people will be contempt between the largest iPhone and the smallest and cheapest iPad.
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Also, are iPads even in demand anymore? I haven't touched the one I bought in 2010 in a good 3 years because it's just not that useful when you have an iPhone and a Mac.

Used mine all day, what now?
 

oldmacs

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The iPad mini probably will go, as most people will be contempt between the largest iPhone and the smallest and cheapest iPad.

Its a crazy idea though. The iPad Mini is still a popular iPad. Perhaps if it was frequently updated and was priced better it would sell better.

Kuo makes no reference to it perhaps because it won't get an update for a while.
 

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Four iPad sizes? Can't see that happening. I agree (should Apple do so) with the fact the iPad Mini will be the model that faces the chop.

It is about time the Mac desktop/laptop saw some loving though.
 
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Zirel

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Its a crazy idea though. The iPad Mini is still a popular iPad. Perhaps if it was frequently updated and was priced better it would sell better.

Kuo makes no reference to it perhaps because it won't get an update for a while.

It is as frequently updated as the bigger ones.

It's "popular", because it's cheap.
 

Nevaborn

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Do not see a point in a 10" pro if maintaining a 12".

The mini is much different to an iPhone and are wonderful devices. A lot of of my companies clients are elderly and they have a mini as it is light and portable.

Will be a shame to scrap it.
 

oldmacs

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It is as frequently updated as the bigger ones.

It's "popular", because it's cheap.

No its not (I refuse to call the Mini 3 anything more than a minor refresh), and when it is updated it gets last Gen internals. The Mini 1 got A5, missing the A5X and A6, the Mini 3 was an absolute joke of an update, and the Mini 4 isn't even on par with the 2014 Air 2.

It is also popular for its form factor. The iPhone + is no where near as big. I don't even think the Mini is particularly cheap, the Mini 4 (in Australia) is more expensive than the base 9.7 inch iPad used to be.
 

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Apple is definitely investing in the 'Pro' moniker in the iPad. This must be their way of ultimately wanting the customer to transfer from PC's/Laptops to the different models of the iPad, which offer a size/variation for everyone that Is interested.
 
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It is as frequently updated as the bigger ones.

It's "popular", because it's cheap.
My 128Gb iPad Mini 4 wasn't exactly cheap at £479. It is short on storage though! And still too heavy. And still too thick. And still too slow. But works great with my Logitech BT keyboard and Bamboo Fineline, so Apple can shove their Pencil via the sharp end where it fits best!
 
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satyrica

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4 iPad sizes............................
Almost as stupid as having 4 or more car types, or differing sizes/configurations of anything. Steve Jobs must be rolling in his grave. Idiots at Apple don't know anything. /s
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So they'll phase out the 7.9" model because the 5.5" model is "close enough," but they'll add a 10.5" model because both 9.7" and 12.9" models aren't enough? Umm...what?
I'm pretty sure they do market analysis and surveys, or wait, do they just make up sizes on the way into work?...
 

satyrica

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Apple is definitely investing in the 'Pro' moniker in the iPad. This must be their way of ultimately wanting the customer to transfer from Laptops to the different models of the iPad, which offer a size/variation for everyone.
FYI there is also a "Pro" "laptop" made at Apple, in different sizes. This must be their way of ultimately wanting the customer to transfer from iPads to the different models of the "laptop".
 

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Apple is definitely investing in the 'Pro' moniker in the iPad. This must be their way of ultimately wanting the customer to transfer from Laptops to the different models of the iPad, which offer a size/variation for everyone.

The future of the iPad lies with the iPad Pro. Non-pro iPads (and tablets in general) are getting cannibalized by large-screen smartphones.
 
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