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Apple Said to Debut New iPad Pro Lineup, 128GB iPhone SE, and Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus at March Event

Apple will host a March event to introduce a new iPad Pro lineup and other products, according to Japanese website Mac Otakara.


In terms of the iPad Pro lineup, the report claims Apple will announce new 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch models. The 10.5-inch model may not ship until May, while the other sizes are said to ship in March.

If the report is accurate, it would suggest Apple plans to refresh the iPad mini 4 with a new 7.9-inch iPad Pro model, update its existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, and introduce an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which is rumored to feature a narrow bezel design, possibly without a Home button.

Mac Otakara previously said the 10.9-inch iPad Pro—it now says 10.5-inch—will have the same overall footprint as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro thanks to its narrow bezel design. The earlier report said the top bezel will remain in order to provide space for the front-facing FaceTime camera, but it will likely be slimmer.

The blog also previously said the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will feature a 12-megapixel rear camera and True Tone display like the current 9.7-inch model, 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.

Meanwhile, it said the 7.9-inch iPad Pro will feature a Smart Connector, True Tone display, four speakers, and a 12-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera with True Tone flash, as Apple works to standardize features across its tablet lineup. All new iPad Pro models will reportedly gain quad microphones as well.

Three months ago, Barclays analysts predicted Apple will release a trio of new iPad Pro models in March, including 9.7-inch, 12.9-inch, and edge-to-edge 10.9-inch models, but not a 7.9-inch iPad Pro. Instead, their research note said Apple will continue to produce and sell the iPad mini 4, released in September 2015.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has likewise said Apple is planning a new 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro lineup for 2017. He did not mention a 7.9-inch model. He said the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models are likely to feature a faster Apple A10X processor, while the "low-cost" 9.7-inch model will sport an A9X chip.

DigiTimes expects a 10.5-inch iPad Pro as well, making that four separate sources reporting similar. The math checks out too: the width of a 10.5-inch iPad Pro would match the height of the iPad mini screen, while it would have the same resolution as the 12.9-inch model and the same pixel density as the iPad mini.

Today's report also claims Apple may add a 128GB storage option for the iPhone SE, alongside the smartphone's existing 16GB and 64GB capacities, and add a new red color—(PRODUCT)RED?—option for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The blog previously said the red color would be for the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus.

The report also calls for new Apple Watch bands at the event in line with last year's Spring refresh. Apple introduced the iPhone SE, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, and new Apple Watch bands at its March 2016 event last year.

Mac Otakara has a good but not perfect track record in terms of Apple rumors.



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10 weeks ago
But no iMacs?
Rating: 41 Votes
10 weeks ago
Terrific news for the SE.
It's still the best iPhone Apple have ever made, and I remember some on here were hoping for a 128gb model.

Looking forward to seeing what they do with the iPads too.. it's been a while since an iPad event, and a small scattering of rumours on here.. but we know they need to do sonething cool to push sales again..
Rating: 35 Votes
10 weeks ago

Wow about time !

We've been all waiting to update our iPads said NOBODY!


I said it.
Rating: 22 Votes
10 weeks ago
As a owner of a launch day iPad Air I'm so ready for a new iPad.
Rating: 19 Votes
10 weeks ago
Too many different options these days...
Rating: 18 Votes
10 weeks ago

But no iMacs?


They had a Mac event 3 months ago. You'll need to wait another 4 years before they have another one.
Rating: 17 Votes
10 weeks ago

Too many different options these days...


Options are good, more chance of people getting what they want.
Rating: 14 Votes
10 weeks ago

Options are good, more chance of people getting what they want.

With all due respect, this is more about grabbing better margins than anything.

Everything is becoming a 100 dollar upgrade these days rather than adjusting base configurations of FLAGSHIP hardware more timely.

Apple under you know who got it right, but Tim's all about the margins and it shows.

This has very little to do with giving people more options.

Glassed Silver:ios
Rating: 12 Votes
10 weeks ago

I was disappointed when buying my daughters last iPhone that the SE had so little memory. A great phone but limited with a small amount of expensive ram.

But... Apple will just like always GOUGE an exorbitant amount of cash for memory that is cheaply available elsewhere.


The SE has 2gb RAM; cant see how that is too little?!


The SE had the same amount of ram as the iPhone 7. Why would you expect more?


Yes, don't fall victim to the belief that more RAM is better. It's about balance. The iPhone SE's 2GB RAM is likely an ideal amount to match the overall system specs.


I may be wrong, but I think Dan From Canada actually meant storage memory, rather than RAM.. when he said "memory"... which makes more sense following the couple of previous posts about the storage memory of 128GB..

2GB RAM is indeed perfectly adequate for the SE, as others have said.
But a higher storage memory option will be welcome by some.
And welcome by others as a sign that Apple agree that the SE has been a big success, and that not all of us want a phablet phone in the future..
Rating: 12 Votes
10 weeks ago
Wow about time !

We've been all waiting to update our iPads said NOBODY!
Rating: 12 Votes

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