avatarby John CallahamFebruary 21, 20170 comments

iPad Pro vs iPad Pro 9.7

A new report claims that Apple will once again hold a spring media event to help launch some new products. In this case, the rumor claims that Apple will officially introduce four new iPad Pro tablets at this event, which is supposed to be held sometime in March. There might also be some minor new additions to the company’s iPhone lineup revealed at this same press conference.

The rumors come from the noted Japanese site Mac Otakara, which has a solid reputation of being correct on its leaks. Its latest story, via unnamed rumors, claims Apple will refresh its older 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch tablet models, and will launch an all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro as well. While the refreshed iPads could launch in March, the report claims the 10.5-inch iPad Pro may not go on sale until May. It is also rumored to have an edge-to-edge display without a Home button, which is something that is also rumored for the upcoming iPhone 8. In addition, the story claims all four new models will have True Tone displays and quad speakers and microphones, due to Apple wanting to standardize features across its entire iPad family.

Apple has been seeing year-to-year sales drops for the iPad during the past several quarters. In the last quarter, from October to December 2016, the company said it sold a total of 13.081 million iPads, down substantially from the 16.112 million units it sold during the same quarter in 2015.

In addition to the new iPad Pro lineup, Mac Otakara claims Apple might introduce a 128GB version of its iPhone SE at the press event, which would join its current 16GB and 64GB models. It also claims Apple could launch new red colored versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at the March event. Finally, it seems likely that the company could introduce new bands for the Apple Watch Series 2 in March.

Keep in mind Apple has not yet announced any plans to hold such an event, so take this report with an appropriate amount of skepticism. What do you think about the prospect of a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro with an edge-to-edge display? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!