It’s starting to look increasingly likely that Apple will be launching a 10.5-inch iPad next year, with DigiTimes, via MacRumors, reporting that Apple is planning to release an “education and enterprise” tablet as part of its iPad range.
The source says that Apple intends to add the 10.5 inch form factor to its iPad line up because 10-inch and up tablets are popular in the enterprise and education sector right now in the US. The current 9.7-inch iPad is a little too small to capitalize on this current trend, and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is a little too expensive for those two specific markets, hence the need for a 10.5-inch model.
This latest rumour is just one of several similar rumours that have emerged over the past few weeks, with Barclays analysts telling investors earlier this month that Apple is set to release a 10.9-inch bezel-less iPad model along with 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch versions next year. And last month Japanese website MacOtakara said that Apple would be launching a 10.1-inch iPad Pro at the beginning of 2017.
Sources: Second Source Claims Apple Will Launch 10.5-inch iPad in 2017