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New Case Supports Rumors of Imminent 9.7-Inch iPad Pro With Smart Connector

Less than two weeks before Apple's rumored March 21 media event, where the company is expected to announce a new 9.7-inch iPad, more aftermarket cases for the iPad Air 2 successor have appeared on Chinese commerce website Alibaba.

The case below, like others before it, has openings for a Smart Connector, four speakers, and a LED camera flash, lending credence to rumors claiming the tablet once tentatively referred to as "iPad Air 3" will instead be a miniaturized iPad Pro.

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Aftermarket case for new 9.7-inch iPad (Image: iGeneration)

A dummy insert provides a closer look at how the ports could be aligned on the new iPad, including a power button, 3.5mm headphone jack, and two speakers on the top; Lightning connector and two speakers on the bottom; volume buttons and a microphone on the right side; and a Smart Connector on the left side.

Multiple reports have claimed the new 9.7-inch iPad will have a faster A9X processor, Smart Connector, four speakers, and a LED flash, while a sketchier rumor from DigiTimes said the tablet could have a 4K display and up to 4GB of RAM. The tablet is expected to have both Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard support.

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Apple is expected to issue press invites soon for its March 21 event, where a new 4-inch "iPhone SE" and minor Apple Watch updates are also anticipated. There is also a slim possibility that refreshed Macs could be announced at the event, as the time is right for updates, but there have been no rumors confirming that is the case.

Related Roundup: iPad Air 2
Tag: Smart Connector
Buyer's Guide: 9.7" iPad Pro (Buy Now)


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12 weeks ago

I have a feeling new macs at WWDC in June... When was the last time they were announced in the spring?

Last spring...
Rating: 11 Votes
12 weeks ago
I'm so sick of iLeaks. I miss MAC rumors.
Rating: 10 Votes
12 weeks ago

('http://www.macrumors.com/2016/03/10/new-case-9-7-inch-ipad-pro-smart-connector/')

There is also a slim possibility that refreshed Macs ('http://www.macrumors.com/2016/01/28/skylake-macbooks-2016-release-dates/') could be announced at the event, as the time is right for updates, but there have been no rumors confirming that is the case.


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Rating: 10 Votes
12 weeks ago
It's like the Conan skit from a few years ago...only with bigger sizes[MEDIA=youtube]7J2Au80BmHc[/MEDIA]
Rating: 6 Votes
12 weeks ago
Id be really surprised (and disappointed) if there wasnt at least apple pencil support added
Rating: 5 Votes
12 weeks ago
Where's the MacBook leaks?! Starting to worry...
Rating: 4 Votes
12 weeks ago
I'd like to see some refreshed product line ups that runs Mac OS X please :'(
Rating: 4 Votes
12 weeks ago

Should have been more specific... I meant a Mac refresh, not a new product launch.

last spring......

edit: from macbook pro roundup page... "Apple's 13 and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros are the company's top-tier portable machines. The 13-inch model received an update featuring a Force Touch trackpad on March 9, 2015, while the 15-inch model followed suit on May 19."
Rating: 3 Votes
12 weeks ago
It appears that Apple is just throwing anything that comes in to their mind. First...they thought.."hey I have a great idea! Let's give them a large tablet and call it pro!" "Why?" engineers asked. "Because they will be a professional spender!"

Then Jon and his "pals" then came up with a legendary idea...."hey guys...since the first pro was successful, lets try to make it more cooler by making it small." "Why?" engineers asked. "Because we want them to think it's different by making it smaller and lighter." "We thought iPad pro was suppose to be big." "Not really...we're gonna make it small because people are suckered into buying new."

A legendary myth....ancient story about a consumer named, david vs. Apple, the Golith's brother.
Rating: 3 Votes
12 weeks ago
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I'm so sick of iLeaks. I miss MAC rumors.


I know, right. They should also rename iTunes to iContent. Obsolete proper nouns are so confusing.
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