Apple set to release new smaller iPad Pro next year, before ‘radical’ design changes in 2018

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Apple will release a new 10.5 inch iPad next year, according to reports.

Apple expert and KGI securities analyst Ming-Chui Kuo says that Apple will add three new models to its iPad lineup in 2017, reports MacRumors.

The iPad is currently available in three sizes: 7.9 inch iPad Mini, the 9.7 inch iPad and 12.9 inch iPad Pro.

Kuo believes that Apple will try to address falling sales of the iPad by launching a new 10.5 inch device, which will be aimed at commercial and educational markets.

Kuo adds that he believes Apple will also add a more affordable 9.7 inch iPad, while the 12.9 inch iPad Pro will be updated.

However, the big news is that Kuo predicts a “revolutionary” iPad will be launched in 2018 that will include “radical changes” to its design.

“Revolutionary iPad model likely to be introduced in 2018F at the earliest, with radical changes in form factor design & user behavior on adoption of flexible AMOLED panel,” says Kuo.

Kuo has previously stated that the iPhone will be getting a major overhaul in 2017 with edge to edge screen, OLED display and smaller bezels and he says those same features could be making their way to the iPad line up too.

The latest predictions come as rumours intensify ahead of the launch of the iPhone 7, which the Cupertino firm are expected to launch in early September.

While the iPhone 7 is expected to look similar to the iPhone 6S, Apple could add a new blue colour option and dual camera.

The most controversial of all rumours regarding the iPhone 7 is that Apple will remove the headphone jack, replacing it with a smart connector.

Other rumours suggest the home button could be set for a major overhaul with the iPhone 7 set to include a pressure sensitive button which uses the same technology as the track pads on the MacBook.

The new home button will reportedly give users different on screen options depending on how hard the button is pressed.

 

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