Apple to launch 10.5-inch iPad in March 2017: Report

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Apple is planning to introduce a new 10.5-inch model of iPad early next year. The new iPad will join the existing lineup of 9.7-inch iPad mini, 9.7-inch iPad Air and Pro, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Apple thinks the new 10.5-inch iPad would be ideal for enterprise, education and other sectors, reports Digitimes. All iPad models are due for an update next year with most turning a year old in March. The report says new 10.5-inch iPad would be introduced alongside the other three screen sizes. The production is reported to begin as soon as December.

The new report resonates with a previous comments from KGI’s Min-Chi Kuo. Kuo said the incoming iPad will feature A10X CPU, a refreshed version of A10 Fusion powering the new iPhone 7.

The 10.5-inch iPad won’t be much different from the 9.7-inch variant. Digitimes claims 10-inch and larger tablets are popular with education and enterprise markets but the current mid-range iPad is deemed too small to meet needs. The report also notes the 12.9-inch iPad Pro as too big and pricier for enterprise requirements.