iPad refresh could include a bezel-free 10.9-inch model

By , Nov 11, 2016

Both iPad Pro

Apple should update both iPad Pros next year, with analysts from the banking and financial services company Barclays calling for a brand new model to be added to the lineup. Supply chain sources Barclays recently quizzed think the new iPad Pro model will have a screen measuring 10.9 inches.

And because that tablet is expected to adopt an all-new bezel-free design, its 10.9-inch screen could be fitted inside the current 9.7-inch package.

Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis, Christopher Hemmelgarn, Thomas O’Malley and Jerry Zhang suspect that engineering a 10.9-inch screen into the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro form factor may require putting the iconic Home button behind the display.

Come next year, a second-generation 9.7-inch iPad Pro is expected to become a “low cost” model alongside the 7.9-inch iPad mini, pictured below. Barclays expects the iPad mini 4 to continue selling throughout next year without a hardware refresh.

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo first predicted a trio of new iPad Pros in 2017: 9.7, 12.9 and a new 10.6-inch device. If you ask the fairly reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara, display size of the new iPad Pro model will be10.1 inches diagonally.

No matter the source, the reports agree on one thing: a new iPad Pro size is coming.

While touring Asian supply chain, Barclays analysts reportedly heard that the delayed $159 AirPods earbuds will enter mass production in December, in time for Christmas.

They also learned that next year’s iPhone 8 may include a brand new 5.8-inch model with a curved, bezel-free OLED display and an in-screen Home button that would presumably let engineers squeeze the bigger screen in the same overall form factor like the current 5.5-inch Apple handsets.

Source: MacRumors

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  • Bugs Bunnay

    No bezels are what I’m looking forward for!

    • Galaxy_Surfer_007

      Be careful of what we wish for! Bezels are good for holding and handling an iPad– and keeping more fingerprints off the screen. If the touch-resistance is off, the pointer will move to unexpected places!

  • William Melendez

    If this happens, I’m sold.

  • John

    I’m not being funny but every year you say the same crap. And every year they don’t make it bezel-free. It’s getting boring now guys. If there nothing to write about then don’t write anything instead of churning out the same rumours that we’re going round last year. And the year before. And the year before….

    • Jason

      I know right….. IDB is getting boring and slowly dying ever since benjamin left

      • Julio Hernandez

        Agreed, I thought I was the only one thinking that. I’ve mostly kept my mouth shut on that but it’s been dry and tasteless on iDB lately

    • Galaxy_Surfer_007

      Links, please?! Would love to see actual evidence they did that!

      • John

        Your obviously new here or you would know and wouldn’t need me to post links. If your that interested just do a search here and you will see this rumour has been smashed about on this blog for years. I have better things to do than run errands for you.

  • wilet

    How many ports will be removed.

    • Blip dude

      I’m actually doubting that. There is actually plenty of space on the iPad for ports so pulling that “courage” stunt wouldn’t make sense here.

    • Platy

      All but the sim card tray. Wireless charging will be in next years model as always. If you run out of battery – buy a new device, they need to increase ipad sales somehow.

  • Galaxy_Surfer_007

    Appreciate the report, but would you all please rewrite the first paragraph?! In the first sentence, is Barclays “predicting” or “calling for” a new device?! Big difference! We’ve also read the second sentence three times in this household and cannot make heads or tails out of it. The grammar is *way* off!

    Thanks!

    “Apple should update both iPad Pros next year, with analysts from the banking and financial services company Barclays calling for a brand new model to be added to the lineup.”

    “Supply chain sources Barclays recently quizzed think the new iPad Pro model will have a screen measuring 10.9 inches.”

  • ck125

    Hopefully this will also happen with the iPhones. They could use some trimming in terms of the bezels.