According to sources in the upstream supply chain speaking with trade publication DigiTimes, a trio of new iPads, including the new 7.9-, 9.7- and 10.1-inch models, might not arrive until the second half of 2017, as they are still in the planning phase. The 9.7-inch device is set to start mass production Q1 of 2017, on the other hand, the 10.5- and 12.9-inch will kick off volume production in Q2.
Despite the fact that Apple was expected to announce and unveil the new iPads during the Spring, the new report reveals that these models may not be announced or even released until latter half of 2017. Back in December 2016, the lower-than-expected yield rates for the 10-nanometer manufacturing process was said to result in a delayed launch for the new iPads.
Previously, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted all three of the new iPad Pro models would be announced this spring. Accordingly, the company is expected to unveil a refreshed 9.7-inch iPad with a friendly price range, a brand new 10.5-inch iPad with narrower side bezels, and an upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
The 10.5- and 12.9-inch models are expected to be powered by an enhanced version of the iPhone 7 A10X processor, and replace the current 9.7-inch product line, while the 9.7-inch model may run on a modified version of the A9X processor from the orginial iPad Pro. The A10 and A9 chipset are said to be manufactured by TSMC and Samsung respectively.
The 10.5-inch iPad Pro, probably a flagship model of the iPad line, is said to come with an edge-to-edge display without a home button, but a top bezel will remain to provide space for the front FaceTime camera.
Previously, the three models were also rumored to be equipped with quad microphones and will keep the 3.5mm headphone jack.
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