As per rumors that have recently made their way to the web, Apple may be about to launch a triplet of all new, iPad Pro devices. From what we have gathered, the models that will be released include a 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, and 12.9-inch variants and come with standard features. So yes, Apple may be be looking to diversify its offerings and reach customers looking for large as well as smaller devices that packs almost the same punch.
While we don’t have any specifics at the moment, Japanese blog Mac Otakara stipulates that the 12.9-inch model is likely to come with a True Tone display and may also deploy advanced four-channel ambient light sensors. While the ambient sensors may not sound like a big deal, they actually enable the display to automatically adapt its color and intensity so as to match the light in its surrounding environment.
The 12.9 inch iPad is also likely to come with a 12-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera and True Tone flash. Meanwhile, all the three models are expected to bump up the current dual microphone setup to a quad system while retaining — thanks god! — the 3.5mm headphone jacks.
Next up is the 9.7 inch model, which will also come with a 12-mega-pixel rear-facing iSight camera and True Tone flash. As some people put it, Apple is looking to set a standard for features available across its tablet lineup. The three tablets, assuming that these rumors are actually true, will let the company project a bunch of devices with similar capabilities but differing screen sizes.
Meanwhile, these reports are slightly in difference from those put forward by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to Kuo, Apple is planning to release three new iPads in 2017, but the trio of models projected by him include a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and a low-cost 9.7-inch iPad. In case you missed it, the 7.9 inch model is missing in Kuo’s predictions.
While both these sources have been correct in the past, Ming-Chi Kuo has a slightly better track record — at least i have found his predictions to be the more accurate. Meanwhile, we will have to wait for a while before Apple officially confirms or denies these reports.