KGI: 3 new iPads coming this year, including new 10-10.5-inch model

By , Jan 8, 2017

9.7-inch iPad Pro Tech Specs

KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo released a new research note on Sunday, giving investors his updated predictions for Apple’s tablet plans. In the report, the noted analyst says the company is working on 3 new iPads for 2017: a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2, a low cost 9.7-inch iPad, and a new high-end model with a bezel-free display between 10-10.5-inches.

We note the 12.9” model will be the second generation of the existing 12.9” iPad Pro, the 10-10.5” model will be the high-end model equipped with a narrow bezel design, and the 9.7” model will be the low-priced option. The former two models will have an A10X chip manufactured by TSMC (2330 TT, NT$183.5, N), while the latter comes with an A9 chip made by Samsung LSI. Although we estimate iPad shipments in 2017 will drop again YoY to 35-37mn units, we except the decline to narrow to 10% from 2016’s roughly 20%, given that the 10-10.5” model may see more demand from commercial/ enterprises and tender markets, while the low-priced 9.7” model may have a greater shipment contribution and likely account for 50-60% of total shipments of new iPads.

Kuo’s predictions line up with previous reports that Apple is working on a new iPad model with a 10.1-10.9-inch display and smaller bezels. Initially the new tablets were expected in the spring, but it sounds like Apple hasn’t settled on a screen size and there’s been chatter of issues with chip production, so it’s possible it could be later in the year.

Source: Ming-Chi Kuo via MacRumors

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  • Saleh Alabdani

    When will the new iPad it’s com for this year 2017

  • WTF-Ever!

    No way, new iPad’s that are gonna be different sizes? Who would have ever guessed? *rolls eyes*

    crApple’s 6-step Process of Innovation
    1) Open Photoshop
    2) Import photo of previous years model
    3) CTRL-A to select all
    4) CTRL-T to Transform
    5) Now resize image up or down
    6) Commit changes and SAVE!

    VOILA! a new “innovative” crApple device is born!

    • Matta Fakt

      Most companies don’t even have an invention like the iPad to do this with- they just rehash *competitors* devices. Thats the problem with you people. You expect Apple to revolutionize the tech world with every single update, yet couldn’t care less if Android devices EVER did it. Apple made both the smartphone and tablet markets actually relevant, and even if you hate them for completely superficial reasons, the phones and tablets you enjoy wouldn’t be what they are today without their influence. In fact, the biggest upgrade to the Galaxy line I have seen yet, was when they abandoned their own design a copied Apple’s almost verbatim. But according to you, copying someone else’s design is nowhere near as bad as improving upon your own, right?..

      • Diego Milano

        I actually always thought tablets already existed before Apple brought the iPad into the scene. I wouldn’t call that an invention rather a “re-invention”?

      • Matta Fakt

        I never said they invented the tablet. I said they made tablets relevant by actually doing them properly. Same with touch screen smartphones

      • WTF-Ever!

        I agree, Besides, who the hell wants to bother with a toy like the iPad when there are devices like the Microsoft Surface that you can actually get some real work done! crApple made the iPad so that kids could have a bigger device to play Angry Birds on! =p

        And don’t even get me started on that pathetic iPad Pro which is nothing more than a mini flat screen TV! Actually, I’m pretty my damn Smart TV can do more than the iFad can! SMH

      • WindowsFanBoy

        The iPad have always Been a good guy but at this point it hurts that the iPad pro can’t run a full fledged OS , wonderful would it be if it could run both macOs and iOS apps.
        Tried this combination on surface ( windows) and it’s indeed the future of tables/laptops.
        Apple will sure bring macOs to the iPad pro but only once they figure out how to make it touch friendly … When that happens I will gladly switch back to Apple.

      • WTF-Ever!

        Who the hell said ANYTHING about fvckin Android devices?? I’ve never even owned an Android device! I love how crApple fanboys are so quick to retort with an “Android” response!

        But since you wanna bring up Android and since Samsung is crApple’s biggest competitor, I was just at CES a few days ago and let me tell you, Samsung is doing a hell of a lot more “innovation” that crApple is! Samsung makes TVs, Refrigerators, Washers, Dryers, Microwaves, Dishwashers, Ranges, Vacuums, Soundbars, Sound Systems, Blu-ray Players, the list goes on and on! What the hell does crApple make? Computers and a few smart devices? Seeing as how they have so little to be innovative about, they shouldn’t have ANY problem making refreshed new devices every single year! Or at least every other year at the minimum! But then again, why should they bother when they know stupid ass fanboys will just keep buying the same shit over and over year after year after year! SMH

  • tariq

    how many iPad sizes are there total (including these 3)?

    • Diego Milano

      I miss the old Apple; now there’s a bit of fragmentation but I still like the fact we have some choices to pick from.

      • Matta Fakt

        It’s lose/lose. If they make them all one size then people complain that there aren’t any options and that Apple are fierce dictators. When they DO release various sizes, people complain that it’s unoriginal and a lousy upgrade. People want first-gen iPhone-level innovation every single product cycle from them.

      • Diego Milano

        That’s true, but compared to Samsung, Apple still offers less fragmentation and even the use of the word “fragmentation” sounds like unfair. I just hope they don’t keep adding more choices and stick to the basics.
        Last but not least, it’s no secret Apple is behind these days in terms of the latest technology, which is why for the first time in history their iPhone sales finally dropped. But on the bright side, this means a good thing, they’ll release something better this year.

    • WindowsFanBoy

      These 3 and the mini so …. 4 although the mini is becoming irrelevant due to the iPhone plus.

  • Saleh Alabdani

    iPad Pro 12 inch

  • Blip dude

    My problem isn’t the size, rather the fact that this is still the iPad Air with the “Pro” just to have the privilege of using the overpriced accessories. You wanna sell an iPad Pro?? Give me hybrid OS, until then I’m calling it the more expensive iPad Air 3.