Cupertino, California-based tech giant Apple is known to be highly competitive within the technology sector, and it would seem that they are trying to up the ante of their product line. While recent reports dictate that the company may have lost sales momentum over the recent years, it still was able to release “Pro” models that did inject a bit of life into the its sales figures. According to MacRumors, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has some news that might delight fans of products made from this particular tech firm as it has some interesting new offerings for its tablet lineup.
Apple Plans to Inject Much-Needed Life Into its Sales Figures With New Tablet Line
As per Kuo, the people over at Apple is wearing their thinking caps as they develop a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro unit sometime in 2017. The analyst also adds that this new pro model will come into the market along with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro unit. Furthermore, a more affordable 9.7-inch iPad model will tag along the previously mentioned two units. With that being the case, it does remain to be seen as to how the company plans to position the 10.5-inch model among the two other variants. After all, there’s already a top-end unit and a more affordable option. Hence, it does make you wonder as to how the company will advertise this “middle” model.
Ming-Chi Kuo stated the following: “We expect three new iPads (12.9-inch iPad Pro 2, new size 10.5-inch iPad Pro & low-cost 9.7-inch iPad) to be launched in 2017, though this may not drive shipment growth amid structural headwinds; 2017F shipments to fall 10-20% YoY. If the iPad comes in a larger size, such as a 10.5-inch model, we believe it will be helpful to bid for tenders within the commercial and education markets. As a result, we expect Apple to launch a 10.5-inch iPad Pro in 2017. In addition, we estimate the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and 10.5-inch iPad Pro will adopt the A10X processor, with TSMC (2330 TT, NT$177.5, N) being the sole supplier using 10nm process technology. The low-cost 9.7-inch model may adopt the A9X processor, which is also exclusively supplied by TSMC.”
With this lineup of Apple iPads that are within the company’s plans for 2017, the analyst also adds that fans of the company’s product line may have to wait even longer until 2018 prior to seeing the firm introduce even more compelling changes towards the product line.
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