Analysts predict the revolutionary changes in the iPad lineup in 2018
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (Ming-Chi Kuo) released a new forecast concerning changes in the line of the Apple iPad scheduled for the next couple of years.
According to him, next year Apple will introduce the iPad Pro with a screen diagonal of 10.5 inches and an iPad 2 Pro with a diagonal of 12.9 inches and a budget model iPad display of 9.7 inches. Kuo doesn’t tell you what will happen with the iPad mini, which is equipped with a screen of 7.9 inches, but many believe that the company will abandon its further issue. The reason is the older versions of iPhone with display of 5.5 inches, because of which the demand for a small tablet significantly decreased. According to the forecast of the analyst, shipments of Apple tablets in the next fiscal year will drop by 10-20%.
The above-mentioned iPad Pro and iPad Pro 2 needs to obtain a single-chip system A10X, which will be produced using 10-nanometer technological process. The Junior model iPad will get a A9X processor. The only supplier of these SoC should be the company TSMC.
Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the revolutionary changes in the iPad lineup will not happen before 2018. We are talking about a radical change in design, form factor and the transition to flexible AMOLED displays.