10.5- and 12.9in iPad Pros on the way

Red iPhone 7 and a 128GB iPhone SE are also ru­moured to make an ap­pear­ance, re­veals Leah Yamshon

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Spring is just around the cor­ner, which means we’re likely get­ting close to an­other Ap­ple event – and the ru­mour mill is start­ing to churn. As first spot­ted by MacRu­mors, Ja­panese site Mac Otakara re­cently claimed that Ap­ple will host an event in March with its new iPad Pro line-up in the star­ring role. From now un­til then, ru­mours about that line-up will swirl.

What’s the lat­est?

The ru­mour: Pre­vi­ously, we’ve heard that Ap­ple will ex­pand the iPad Pro to four sizes, in­clud­ing a 7.9in ver­sion (the same size as the iPad mini), the cur­rent 9.7- and 12.9in op­tions, and a new 10.5in size.

Plau­si­ble? Since 10.5in iPad Pro is ru­moured to have pretty ma­jor de­sign changes, a later ship date could be a nec­es­sary evil. As MacRu­mors points out, re­tail sup­plies of the 12.9in iPad Pro are start­ing to dry up, which does hint at an iPad re­fresh just around the cor­ner.

A new iPad Pro size

The ru­mour: When we first heard about a new iPad Pro size, it was 10.1 inches, but a more re­cent ru­mour re­ported in Mac Otakara claims that the new size is in fact 10.5 inches di­ag­o­nal. Ei­ther way, the new in-be­tween iPad may have an edge-toedge dis­play with no Home but­ton, to keep the same foot­print as the cur­rent 9.7in size.

Plau­si­ble? iPad sales haven’t seen much growth lately, so a new size could be just what’s needed to shake up the line-up, but Ap­ple will need to con­vince buy­ers that this new model of­fers some kind of ben­e­fit.

New iPad mini or 7.9in iPad Pro?

The ru­mour: Ja­panese site Mac Otakara says that the March event will in­clude a new 7.9in iPad. But it sounds like this smaller iPad is part of the Pro line. The 7.9in iPad Pro is ru­moured to have a Smart Con­nec­tor, True Tone dis­play, and a 12Mp

rear-fac­ing cam­era, which will be stan­dard fea­tures across the whole iPad Pro line-up.

Plau­si­ble? Ab­so­lutely, and this kind of fea­ture par­ity is a great idea, so peo­ple can pick an iPad based on what size and stor­age they want for their money, not whether they need this fea­ture or that.

What else the March event could hold

The ru­mour: Ap­ple has a cou­ple other re­freshes in the wings, in­clud­ing a 128GB iPhone SE, new Ap­ple Watch bands, and a PROD­UCT(RED) ver­sion of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which means half the pro­ceeds go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS.

Plau­si­ble? In­deed, new Ap­ple Watch bands should prob­a­bly be ex­pected at ev­ery Ap­ple prod­uct launch. The iPhone SE’s pop­u­lar­ity took ev­ery­one by sur­prise, but it cur­rently tops out at 64GB, so a larger ver­sion could prove quite at­trac­tive, even if it doesn’t also come with a faster chip or cam­era up­grade. And Ap­ple’s PROD­UCT(RED) iPods all look in­cred­i­ble, so we love the thought of a shiny red iPhone that helps a worth­while char­ity.

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