It has almost been a year since the last iPad launched. The iPad Pro with a 9.7 inch screen was announced on 21st March, 2016. After an year later, and assuming there are new devices in the pipeline, here is what to expect from the upcoming devices.
Apple has been trying to compete with the transforming PC market that is being filled up with shape-shifting hybrid devices. The iPad is still a simple, yet powerful device that can be used for professional tasks.
However, there is a lack of parity when it comes to the “Pro” branding. The 9.7 inch device is still superior to the 12.9 inch device. It comes with True Tone displays, better cameras, wide color gamut and broader LTE support. We can expect devices of both sizes to have similar specifications in the newer revision.
In terms of performance too, the existing iPads are running on dated chips. The Apple A9x may be replaced by A10 Fusion or the A11X. However, chances are that Apple will go with the former one and announce the A11X with the new iPhone later this fall.
Another rumor is that the iPad Pro will also come with larger displays. A 10.5 inch screen will actually fit the current chassis used by the 9.7 inch iPad Pro. So, you can get a larger screen without having to buy a larger device.
The 10.5 inch model may become the flagship and the 9.7 inch lineup gets discontinued. Again, there’s also an iPad mini that has not been updated in a while. So, there has been rumors about a 7.9 inch iPad Pro too, that will replace the “mini” line up and the 12.9 inch model will be just the vanilla iPad.
iOS 11 should also be in the pipeline and hopefully, it will address the shortcomings of the iOS 10. None of the devices had good multitasking and the iPad was simply a second class citizen.