Bucket of cold water for those who wait for this year news in hardware for iPads. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is only expected to move its tablet line now next year.
Kuo cites a forthcoming supposed new 10.5-inch model, which would likely replace the classic 9.7-inch model. Still, the line's design is unlikely to change much in 2017; more significant changes would remain for 2018, with the expected adoption of AMOLED technology that would accompany a more dramatic shift in the product housing.
Still for 2017, the analyst predicts the arrival of the “iPad Pro 2” using an A10X chip produced in 10 nanometers, by TSMC. Chances are that the 9.7-inch model (Air or Pro) will stay in line as a more affordable option, using the current A9X chip.
Interestingly, Kuo did not mention anything about iPad mini (7.9-inch). There is no way to say that Apple will kill him, but it is quite possible that its sales have been badly affected since the company introduced the "Plus" model (5.5 inches) in the line of iPhones.
Considering that for this second semester we expect new iPhones, Apple Watch and some Macs, it makes sense to leave iPads for those who know the first half of 2017. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro (we will have a full review of it soon!), It is worth remembering , was released in March.