Apple will debut new iPad Pro lineup at March event

Leah Yamshon
21 February, 2017
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Autumn is just around the corner, which means we’re likely getting close to another Apple event – and the rumour mill is starting to churn. Japanese site Mac Otakara released a report on Monday claiming that Apple will host an event in March with its new iPad Pro lineup in the starring role. According to the report, Apple will announce new 7.9in and 10.5in models, and will refresh the existing 9.7in and 12.9in iPad Pros. Mac Otakara’s research was first spotted by MacRumors.

This is promising news for iPad mini fans: the mini currently holds the 7.9in size slot, so if this rumour holds true, it looks like Apple will be phasing out the iPad mini 4 with a leaner iPad Pro. The 7.9in iPad Pro is also rumoured to have a Smart Connector, True Tone display, and a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera – which will be standard features across the whole line.

The 10.5in iPad Pro may offer something entirely different: an edge-to-edge display without a Home button. It would still have a top bezel to support the front-facing camera, however. This design would allow it to keep the same overall footprint as the 9.7in model.

Earlier reports claim that the 12.9in and 10.5in versions will have a faster A10X processor, but the 9.7in version will keep the A9X chip, which may keep it at a more affordable price point. No word yet on what the 7.9in will pack.

That’s not all

Mac Otakara’s report also claims that we’ll see a new iPhone colour this autumn – red – available for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Could this be Apple’s biggest (PRODUCT)RED push to date? The iPhone SE may be getting some love as well: rumour has it that Apple may add a 128GB storage option for its smallest iPhone, which would be a quite a bump up from the 16GB and 64GB versions that are currently available. New Apple Watch bands are also likely to make an appearance during this autumn refresh event.

Why this matters: Last year’s March event ushered in the 9.7in iPad Pro and the iPhone SE, so those two products are due for their annual refresh. This latest report builds on earlier rumours regarding the iPad Pro’s expanded lineup, which Apple hopes will lure a wide range of consumers to help shrink the year-over-year decline in iPad sales.

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