Three New iPads Said to Launch in March, Including Bezel-Free 10.9-Inch Model

Apple will launch a trio of new iPad Pro models in March, including refreshed 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch versions and an all-new bezel-free 10.9-inch model, according to Barclays Research analysts Blayne Curtis, Christopher Hemmelgarn, Thomas O'Malley, and Jerry Zhang, citing sources within the company's Asian supply chain.

In a research note obtained by MacRumors, the analysts said the 10.9-inch model's borderless design will allow for it to be the same physical size as the current-generation 9.7-inch iPad Pro. That means the display itself will need to have an edge-to-edge design, possibly signaling the removal of the Home button.

Multiple rumors have claimed Apple is developing a new iPad in the 10-inch range, but the exact screen size has varied in each report. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro will launch in 2017, while Japanese website Mac Otakara said a new 10.1-inch iPad Pro will launch in early 2017.

Barclays, like Kuo, expects the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro to be a "low-cost" model alongside the 7.9-inch iPad mini, which the analysts do not believe will be refreshed alongside the larger tablets. Instead, the research note said Apple will continue to produce and sell the iPad mini 4, released in September 2015.

Mac Otakara previously said the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will feature a True Tone display like its current 9.7-inch counterpart, using advanced four-channel ambient light sensors to automatically adapt the color and intensity of the display to match the light in the surrounding environment.

That report said all three new iPad Pro models will gain quad microphones, compared to the current dual setup, and retain 3.5mm headphone jacks.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is also said to gain the 9.7-inch model's same 12-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera and True Tone flash.

More "revolutionary" changes to iPads, including a switch to OLED displays, are expected in 2018, according to Kuo's earlier report.

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42 months ago
And they'll all undoubtedly be priced $150 higher than the current models. :D
Rating: 38 Votes
42 months ago

And they'll all undoubtedly be priced $150 higher than the current models. :D

Sorry, no. In the UK, they will be priced higher than £300 over the current iPads. ;)
Rating: 22 Votes
42 months ago
it's just not innovative. Unless apple has an ipad version of iOS many of us will sit these new versions out.

we just dont need a big iphone.
Rating: 20 Votes
42 months ago
What about the Mac mini and Mac Pro? They're in desperate need of updates!
Rating: 14 Votes
42 months ago
3 models, easy to remember tiers:



and the MaxiPad
Rating: 11 Votes
42 months ago
I always laugh at any story about Apple products that suggests a "low-cost" model..!
Rating: 10 Votes
42 months ago
It’ll be interesting to see how Apple handles inadvertant touches along the edges of the device. With no bezel, there’s not “safe” place to grip the device while holding it. The OS will have to determine what’s a deliberite touch vs indiscriminate touch.
Rating: 9 Votes
42 months ago
Do we really need 4 different iPad screen sizes? Not to mention, we have 3 screen sizes now, but 5 iPad models to choose from, before considering 3/4 colors, 3 capacities, and 2 connectivity options.

It's starting to seem a lot like Android devices, except with hardware, not software, fragmentation.
Rating: 8 Votes
42 months ago
What about non-Pro? I would prefer a cheaper one with no pencil support.
Rating: 8 Votes
42 months ago

And, for pete's sake, Apple can't you come up with a design that makes the iPad comfortable to actually hold for any length of time. Reading on an iPad is torture unless you have something to prop it up for you.

Jony Ive: "So are you saying...that the not thin enough?" *runs off to cut away all the battery and functionality of an iPad and releases a sheet of aluminium*
Rating: 7 Votes

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