Oct 23, 2016 08:57 PM EDT
Analyst Predicts 3 Apple iPad Pro’s in 2017 & Flexible AMOLED Panels for iPads in 2018! [VIDEO]
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects Apple to release 3 new iPad Pro's in 2017 and iPads using flexible AMOLED displays in 2018.
Kuo, also hailed as the Apple seer, expects the launch of 3 new iPads in 2017, and that there would be radical and revolutionary changes including a redesigned chassis that might incorporate a flexible AMOLED screen in 2018 iPad models.
According to MacRumors, Kuo released a new research report detailing what he expects to see in the new Apple iPad devices. He anticipates 3 new iPad models for 2017, with screen sizes ranging from 9.7-inches to 12.9-inches and the introduction of a 10.5-inch iPad Pro model.
According to Kuo's research report, the introduction of a 10.5-inch model will be beneficial in tapping the commercial and education markets. He also approximates that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and 10.5-inch iPad Pro to adopt the A10X SoC processor while the low-cost 9.7-inch model might use the A9X using Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company's (TSMC) 10nm process technology.
Gazing ahead to 2018, Kuo foresees revolutionary and radical changes for the iPad lineup. These, he says, will be evident in the iPad's form factor and design and a shift to flexible AMOLED displays. Believing Apple will follow the same formula done with the iPhone, he stated it will benefit shipment if Apple offers technology that has more intuitive and compelling interfaces.
According to AppleInsider, despite the upgrades and the introduction of a new 10.5-inch form factor, Kuo predicts, iPad sales will continue to slide until the product line is given an overhaul in 2018. He lowered his 2016 shipment forecast from 45-50 million to 35-40 million, citing the introduction of the new models by the end of the year. 2017 will be no different he says, shipments will continue its decline partly due to trends in the tablet market.
Nothing was said on what would happen to the current 7.9-inch iPad mini. Pundits believe the model might be phased out soon.
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