With so much excitement surrounding a possible 10th anniversary iPhone 8 doing the rounds. You would be forgiven if you had forgotten all about the 9.7-inch iPad Pro 2. In fact, in recent years, the iPad has taken to the back burner compared to the iPhone. However, updates to the existing line up are expected. As such, the first according to Macotakara could be the previously mentioned iPad Pro 2. It could be announced by Apple as early as next week.
iPad Pro 2 Event?
While this particular iPad iteration has received its fair share of rumor mill attention. Apple must not think it worthy of an event of its own. Why? Because usually, the Cupertino-based giant needs 10-days to inform the press before an event announcement takes place. As such the leaked announcement date of Friday, 24th March is too close. So, instead, it’s thought a press release will have to suffice! Seriously, that’s what both Macotakara and Macrumors have been reporting.
Now, if the iPad Pro 2 were going to offer something spectacularly new, you could assure that Apple would want to announce it loudly. However, seeing as a press release has been chosen, it means those that were hoping for big changes will be disappointed.
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It turns out that there are rumors surfacing that come directly from Apple’s supply chain. And they predict that the device will be but an iterative one. So, instead, of something with new bells and whistles, it’s more likely to offer minor changes.
As for what these changes will be, one possible candidate for removal is the old A9X chip; it has for a long time proved itself to be useful. However, the demands on a tablet like the iPad Pro, and now the iPad Pro 2 have increased. As such, the inclusion of the A10X Fusion chip may happen its a chip that has proven itself to be more than capable. And will be able to keep this device going until Apple finally shelves it.
Additionally, the introduction of quad microphones is suggested. However, there is nothing else to go on, with regards to their spec. As is there little else to say other than Apple must be looking to its other iPad models to add extra value.
Why no large amount of fanfare? It’s possible that the information coming from Apple‘s supply chain is wrong. But, going on experience, we would prefer to call it patchy instead. After all, it is possible that nothing could happen next Friday, we will just have to wait and see.
That being said, though, there is some reasoning that could point towards this being the truth. And that is if Apple’s plans include making the 9.7-inch iPad Pro 2 the basic device on offer, an entry iPad if you would. This would leave room for the company to further develop the rest of the Pro-line and give them exciting new features at premium prices.
Now, as and when Apple makes more information available about the iPad Pro 2, we will let you know. In fact, we will do so even if the above rumors/leak is accurate. So, check back between now and then, because as you know news changes fast in the world of consumer technology.