Apple Said to Debut New iPad Pro Lineup, 128GB iPhone SE, and Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus at March Event

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple will host a March event to introduce a new iPad Pro lineup and other products, according to Japanese website Mac Otakara.


    In terms of the iPad Pro lineup, the report claims Apple will announce new 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch models. The 10.5-inch model may not ship until May, while the other sizes are said to ship in March.

    If the report is accurate, it would suggest Apple plans to refresh the iPad mini 4 with a new 7.9-inch iPad Pro model, update its existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and introduce an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which is rumored to feature a narrow bezel design, possibly without a Home button.

    Mac Otakara previously said the 10.9-inch iPad Pro--it now says 10.5-inch--will have the same overall footprint as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro thanks to its narrow bezel design. The earlier report said the top bezel will remain in order to provide space for the front-facing FaceTime camera, but it will likely be slimmer.

    The blog also previously said the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will feature a 12-megapixel rear camera and True Tone display like the current 9.7-inch model, using advanced four-channel ambient light sensors to automatically adapt the color and intensity of the display to match the light in the surrounding environment.

    Meanwhile, it said the 7.9-inch iPad Pro will feature a Smart Connector, True Tone display, four speakers, and a 12-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera with True Tone flash, as Apple works to standardize features across its tablet lineup. All new iPad Pro models will reportedly gain quad microphones as well.

    Three months ago, Barclays analysts predicted Apple will release a trio of new iPad Pro models in March, including 9.7-inch, 12.9-inch, and edge-to-edge 10.9-inch models, but not a 7.9-inch iPad Pro. Instead, their research note said Apple will continue to produce and sell the iPad mini 4, released in September 2015.

    KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has likewise said Apple is planning a new 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro lineup for 2017. He did not mention a 7.9-inch model. He said the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models are likely to feature a faster Apple A10X processor, while the "low-cost" 9.7-inch model will sport an A9X chip.

    DigiTimes expects a 10.5-inch iPad Pro as well, making that four separate sources reporting similar. The math checks out too: the width of a 10.5-inch iPad Pro would match the height of the iPad mini screen, while it would have the same resolution as the 12.9-inch model and the same pixel density as the iPad mini.

    Today's report also claims Apple may add a 128GB storage option for the iPhone SE, alongside the smartphone's existing 16GB and 64GB capacities, and add a new red color--(PRODUCT)RED?--option for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The blog previously said the red color would be for the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.

    The report also calls for new Apple Watch bands at the event in line with last year's Spring refresh. Apple introduced the iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and new Apple Watch bands at its March 2016 event last year.

    Mac Otakara has a good but not perfect track record in terms of Apple rumors.

    Article Link: Apple Said to Debut New iPad Pro Lineup, 128GB iPhone SE, and Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus at March Event
  2. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    As a owner of a launch day iPad Air I'm so ready for a new iPad.
  3. sundog925 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 19, 2011
    Gotta say....

    Id snatch up that red IP7 in a heartbeat if this were true.

    Tired of the pale, easter rose gold and the regular gold.
  4. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    Terrific news for the SE.
    It's still the best iPhone Apple have ever made, and I remember some on here were hoping for a 128gb model.

    Looking forward to seeing what they do with the iPads too.. it's been a while since an iPad event, and a small scattering of rumours on here.. but we know they need to do sonething cool to push sales again..
  5. Creep89 macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    May not ship until May? In Apple terms this means May + 3 months delay.
  6. Williesleg macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2014
    NY, NY
    Nice! Can't wait to finally upgrade my iPad 3!
  7. matrickz macrumors member

    Jan 22, 2014
    yeah, that red one looks nice. Very different but nice ;)
  8. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
  9. BarmyGnome macrumors 6502


    Apr 20, 2015
  10. breather macrumors regular


    Jan 26, 2011
  11. BoltmanLives, Feb 20, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2017

    BoltmanLives Suspended


    Feb 10, 2017
    "Tired of the pale, easter rose gold and the regular gold."

    Lets hope RED does mot flake chipped nails look pretty bad....

    Color wheel: So many features... new feature new RED color. Buy.

  12. Dave245 macrumors 604


    Sep 15, 2013
    Options are good, more chance of people getting what they want.
  13. jerry16, Feb 20, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2017

    jerry16 macrumors regular


    Sep 12, 2016
    across the universe
    Really not the worst idea to add colors in March mid iPhone cycle versus at launch. Probably would be a nice shot in the arm for iPhone sales as new models loom.
  14. iWallace26 macrumors regular

    Mar 7, 2012
  15. rudychidiac Suspended


    May 2, 2012
  16. ILuvEggplant Suspended


    Jul 28, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA
    Wow about time !

    We've been all waiting to update our iPads said NOBODY!
  17. PeterL111 macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2015
    Thank goodness. I was worried that I have to wait till WWDC for new hardwares.
  18. BarmyGnome macrumors 6502


    Apr 20, 2015
    It's very reactionary though, remember when it was black or black?
  19. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I'm waiting on that too. Already decided I'm buying the next version. I need a new one.
  20. MellowFuzz macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2013
  21. Kid Red macrumors 65816

    Dec 14, 2001
    4 iPad sizes all an inch difference in size? That doesn't sound very Apple at all. I'd be surprised by 4 sizes, but I really want a 12" pro so I'm looking forward to the update.
  22. chr1s60 macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    The red coating makes the phone .07mm thinner, so it's kind of a big deal.
  23. 1Zach1 macrumors 65816


    Feb 8, 2008
    Northern Va
    I'll be very interested in how they do the 10.5-inch iPad. If this is the start of Apple's reduced bezel line and it is a 10.5 screen in the 9.7" body I might have to get one.
  24. Kid Red macrumors 65816

    Dec 14, 2001
    I said it.

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