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9.7″ iPad Pro 2 with A10X Fusion chip and quad speakers could launch next week
A second-generation iPad Pro model with a screen measuring 9.7 inches diagonally could launch as early as next week, according to a new report Wednesday by reliable Japanese blog Mac Otakara. The publication's sources describe the forthcoming device as a modest upgrade over the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which released in March 2016 following the September 2015 introduction of the original 12.9-inch iPad Pro model.
Aside from a faster A10X Fusion chip (an improved version of iPhone 7's A10 Fusion processor), the tablet could utilize quad speakers like its bigger brother. It's thought to replace the iPad mini lineup to become Apple's new entry-level tablet offering.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo called for a trio of new iPads this year: the aforesaid 9.7-inch iPad Pro 2, a second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a brand new iPad model with a 10.5-inch screen squeezed into a body the same size like 9.7-inch iPads, courtesy of a lot skinnier side bezels.
Supply chain sources claim Apple might have moved mass production of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro from May-June to March. That device could launch in April, but it's unclear if Apple will dedicate a media event to introduce the new 10.5-inch tablet.