New Apple iPads are in development for a potential spring release, according to a leaked investor note. A new version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, a 10- or 10.5-inch model, and a less expensive 9.7-inch are all expected to be introduced by Apple sometime soon.
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The two larger models will get a version of the same processor found in the iPhone 7, while the smaller model will get the processor in the iPhone 6s. The report indicates that despite the testing of three new devices, anywhere from two to four new iPad models are likely, based on what Apple has done for previous iPad releases. The report from Tech Crunch indicates an event to introduce the new models could take place in April.
The new iPads are an effort by Apple to slow the iPads declining sales. People don’t buy as many iPads as iPhones, since consumers have fewer reasons to update their already purchased iPads as often.
Many consumers are still hanging on to 2010-2012 era iPads. Users aren’t feeling there are enough new features or capabilities to upgrade their devices as much. Apple is especially hoping to keep the recent upward trend in its revenue, boosted by an increase in iPhone sales and Apple services.
Besides new iPads, Apple is expected to release the iPhone 8 this year, on the 10th anniversary of the original iPhones release. The Apple Macbook, MacBook Pro, and iMac are expected to receive updates with the new Intel Kaby Lake processors, for more power. According to Mac Rumors, the MacBook Air will remain as it is now, a low cost laptop, and will not receive a similar update.
Most Apple devices are expected to get an OS update, including macOS 10.13, watchOS 4, tvOS 11, and iPhone and iPad OS 11. Most of the new Apple releases will arrive in the fall, except for the expected spring iPad refresh.
The new Kaby Lake processors offer an update of mainly video and graphics over the previous Skylake chips. The increase in performance may not be enough to warrant buying a computer just for the new chipset if you’ve purchased one fairly recently. But if you do end up with Kaby Lake, you’ll reportedly find viewing video to be a smoother, much less power intensive task.
As more options emerge on the market, Apple has been less and less dominant. But if the upcoming iPads can innovate and provide a new experience, just like the original iPads did, than Apple would have given those folks still holding onto those first few iPads a reason to let them go and splurge on Apple’s latest.