The iPad was mysteriously left out in the cold when Apple held its October event. A few models are in need of an upgrade and it was odd Apple didn’t announce anything new. But now we may know the reason why.
According to Barclays Research analysts, Apple is prepping refreshed models for the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch Pro models along with adding a new 10.9-inch bezel-free model in March. The new 10.9-inch iPad will apparently retain the same physical size as the 9.7-inch model, but the elimination of the bezels will allow for the bigger display. This may also hint at the end of the home button.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro refresh will get the True Tone display and 12-megapixel camera present in the smaller Pro model, Barclays Research said. Each new model will also reportedly sport four microphones and will retain the 3.5mm headphone jack—continuing to make the elimination of the port in the iPhone that much more head scratching.
Apple won’t refresh the iPad Mini 4, which last received a minor redesign and spec upgrade in 2015. No word on whether the iPad Air 2 will be refreshed or not.
What new iPads means for Apple
These are just rumors at this point, but it does give us an understanding as to what direction the iPad line is heading. In the past year, with the introduction of the iPad Pro, Apple began making the shift to sell the iPad as more of a computer replacement than a computer companion. But with a new bezel-free iPad model, Apple may surprise us and reinvigorate its tablet lineup.