Apple’s heavily rumored 10.5-inch iPad may finally see the light of day in early April going by a new report. A conflicting account claims that the company’s planning an event in March itself.
Taiwan-based supply chain makers told DigiTimes that Apple had accelerated production of the 10.5-inch iPad from May-June to March. It’s apparently going to unveil the slate at its brand-new Apple Park campus to mark the opening of its latest headquarters.
The 10.5-inch iPad is of particular interest to Apple fans since the tablet is expected to sport a radical narrow bezel design without a physical home button. The iPhone 8 may to feature a similar look, so the slate might offer a clue as to what the brand is planning.
Sources allege that the 10.5-inch iPad will be aimed at the education and business sectors. It will probably be shown off alongside a 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The two will together represent the firm’s mainstream products for the mid-tier to high-end tablet market in 2017.
A contrasting set of supply chain insiders told MacRumors that Apple was going to announce fresh products at some point between March 20 and 24. This looks very unlikely now since those dates are just a week away with no signs of an invite yet.
Previous speculation about Apple’s supposed March event asserted that the company would come out with a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro 2, 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2, 7.9-inch iPad Pro, and entry-level 9.7-inch iPad. The brand was further expected to unveil a red iPhone 7, 128GB iPhone SE, and a new Apple Watch band.