APPLE IS GEARING UP to launch not one, not two, but three new iPad Pro models in the spring next year.
So says Japanese blog MacOtakara which cited the typically suspect "reliable sources" in saying that Apple will launch 7.9in, 10.1in and 12.9in iPad Pro tablets in early 2017.
Sounding the death knell for Apple's iPad Mini line as we know it, the 7.9in model will reportedly arrive in place of the long-rumoured iPad Mini 5. It will come with a Smart Connector for hooking up Apple's Smart Keyboard cover, and an upgrade throughout with the addition of quad-speaker audio, four microphones, True Tone display with DCI-P3 Wide Color support, and a 12MP rear-facing iSight camera.
The 10.1in model will replace the current 9.7in iPad Pro, according to the report, and MacOtakara debunked previous rumours of a 10.5in version. Apple will apparently accommodate the extra screen estate by making the external dimensions 1cm longer and 0.5cm wider, also making room for the same quad speaker set-up expected to feature on the miniature model.
Finally, the 12.9in iPad Pro will be upgraded to the 12MP camera and True Tone flash from the current 9.7in model, along with the True Tone display.
Apple has controversially dumped the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, but the report claimed that all three iPad Pro models with have a 3.5mm connection.
We'll have to wait until next year for the new iPads, but Apple reportedly plans to refresh the Mac line-up later this month.
Expect new MacBook Pros with an unusual OLED display touch bar above the keyboard, MacBook Airs equipped with USB-C connectivity, and new iMacs with AMD graphics chips.
The company is also reportedly working with LG on a new 5K external display to replace the discontinued Apple Thunderbolt display. µ
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