Apple already has two size options in its iPad Pro range, a 12.9 inch model and a 9.7 inch model and now according to a recent report we will see a third size next year.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who as a good track record on Apple predictions, Apple will launch a new 10.5 inch iPad next year.
We expect three new iPads (12.9” iPad Pro 2, new size 10.5” iPad Pro & low-cost 9.7” iPad) to be launched in 2017, though this may not drive shipment growth amid structural headwinds; 2017F shipments to fall 10-20% YoY. If the iPad comes in a larger size, such as a 10.5” model, we believe it will be helpful to bid for tenders within the commercial and education markets. As a result, we expect Apple to launch a 10.5” iPad Pro in 2017. In addition, we estimate the 12.9” iPad Pro 2 and 10.5” iPad Pro will adopt the A10X processor, with TSMC (2330 TT, NT$177.5, N) being the sole supplier using 10nm process technology. The low-cost 9.7” model may adopt the A9X processor, which is also exclusively supplied by TSMC.
It looks like Apple will also be switching to AMOLED panels for their iPad range in 2018, this is something we have also heard about for the company’s iPhones.