Apple Rumored to Launch New 9.7-Inch iPad Pro 2 Before End of March

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.

According to the publication’s latest report, Apple plans on launching a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro next week. Specifically, this new tablet would be an “iPad Pro 2,” and it will feature an A10X processor under the hood. However, the other elements of the iPad Pro 2 will only get minor updates. If this report pans out, then it is expected that this iPad Pro 2 would effectively replace the iPad Air 2 on the market.

Right now, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro costs $599, while the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 costs $399. So, if Apple does plan on launching a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro 2, the company could simply launch a press release, announcing a few key changes to the specs, and, more than likely, a price drop.

This focus on a new product arriving before the end of March, despite the fact Apple has yet to send out any event invitations, stems from a recent report from MacRumors, which stated that Apple planned on launching new products next week. The expectation in that report was new iPad models, with the possibility that Apple could simply use a press release to launch three new models: a new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, a redesigned 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and a spec-bumped 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Reputable supply chain sources told MacRumors that the Cupertino firm could announce some new products between Monday, March 20 and Friday, March 24. It’s fairly safe to assume, given a modest upgrade, that the upcoming 9.7-inch iPad Pro 2 will be announced quietly via a press release and a website update.

Aside from new iPads, Mac Otakara thinks a March event may serve as a launchpad for a 128-gigabyte model of iPhone SE, spring-themed Apple Watch bands and the previously rumored Red color option for the iPhone 7 series.


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