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Apple iPad 2017 Update: Production of Four New iPad Variants To Start In December

Update Date: Nov 26, 2016 08:15 AM EST
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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 27: A man visits the Apple Store, Upper West Side on July 27, 2016 in New York City. On Tuesday, Apple reported a steep slump in revenue and profit, but beat analyst projections. The maker of the iPhone and iPad reported third-quarter profit sliding 27 percent to $1.42 per share, according to published reports. Analysts had expected $1.39 per share, according to the reports. Apple's share price today jumped on forward guidance from the company. (Photo by Kena Betancur/Getty Images) (Photo : Kena Betancur / Stringer)

As far as the iPad is concerned Apple is planning to change things up. The tech giant may introduce a new 10.5 inch variant of its tablet PC. The production of the new iPad may start as early as December, International Business Times reported.

The current roster of Apple iPad includes 7.9-inch iPad mini, 9.7 inches iPad Pro, 9.7 inches iPad Air and 12.9 inches iPad Pro. It is believed that the 10.5 inch iPad is aimed at education and enterprise sectors in the US. The current 9.7-inch iPad models are considered a bit small by these sectors and the 12.9 inch iPad is costly.

By the first quarter of 2017 the current iPad models will be a year old; hence Apple has no doubt in revamping its iPad models. Apple will announce the 10.5 inch iPad along with the trio of the recently reported new iPad variants which will be equipped with contemporary display sizes.

Production of the iPads is likely to begin next month. Apple may announce the new Tablet PC in January or may be at the March conference.

The new 10.5 inch iPad will be powered by A10X chipset. This chipset has been utilized in 12.9 inch iPad Pro. Reports claim that at least 2 million units of the new 10.5 inch iPad are to be shipped between January and March next year which may further rise to 6 million units in the year. To contend with Android tablets Apple may launch more affordable variants of 10.5 inch iPad.

The 7.9 inch iPad Mini is no longer developed as no further updates are available about this device. Hence it is speculated that the 9.7-inch iPad variants with low price are most likely considered as the successors of the iPad Air line.

More revolutionary changes like a switch to OLED display might be introduced to the iPads till 2018.  

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