Apple is planning a clean sweep of its iPad Pro range for 2017, with talk of four new models of the tablet including an all-new screen size seemingly targeting Chromebook buyers.
Pad Pro, but two new size variants. According to Mac Otakara’s sources, Apple will have four models, with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro still the largest version at one end of the scale, but a new 7.9-inch iPad Pro acting as the entry point to the range.
Though it’s not a new size for iPad in general, Apple already having used 7.9-inch displays in the iPad mini range, the iPad Pro 7.9 would borrow hardware tidbits from its larger Pro siblings. That’s expected to include a Smart Connector, for easier pairing with a physical keyboard accessory, along with a True Tone display that can change color temperature depending on ambient lighting conditions. Apple Pencil support is also believed to be included.
Combined with a Smart Keyboard, that could make an interesting alternative to 10- to 12-inch Chromebooks, which have become increasingly popular in recent quarters.
According to Mac Otakara, Apple will hold an event in March 2017 to announce the new iPad Pro line-up. The new 7.9-, 9.7–, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models will ship at the end of that month, it’s believed, though the iPad Pro 10.5 apparently won’t arrive until May.
At the same event, it’s reported, there’ll also be a new iPhone SE 128 GB version. A PRODUCT(RED) version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is also suggested, together with a new style of Apple Watch band.