Apple may launch three models of iPad next year according to Mac Rumors which said Apple is aiming to introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro model next year to go along with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a “low-cost” 9.7-inch iPad model. Kuo (a noted analysts according to the site) makes no mention about the fate of the current 7.9-inch iPad mini, although many have assumed that model may be phased out as the recent 5.5-inch iPhone “Plus” models have helped lessen demand for Apple’s smallest tablet.
This may not still help Apple’s falling sales according to the report which is predicted that iPad sales will continue to fall going into 2017 which is a trend expected in the tablet market. Apple continues to lead the tablet market according to IDC in the second quarter of 2016. The entire tablet market as reported by IDC declined 12.3% year over year from 44.1 million units shipped to 38.7 million as Samsung sales continued to decline even further.
This report of a doubling down on production on production of devices contradicts an earlier report that said Apple may now make major iPhone releases every three years instead of two.
In any case, it’s just a few more months till the end of this year so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.