Originally, a handful of rumors have pegged the launch date for the trio of iPad models to be as soon as March. But even if the iPads are unveiled next month, industry sources in Asia have now stated that the two larger models aren’t likely to ship until at least several months later, according to DigiTimes. Two of the three iPad models expected to be unveiled this year might not ship until May or June. Previously, the publication’s supply chain sources reported that the new iPads won’t be launched until the second half of 2017.
The two models in question are an updated 12.9-inch iPad Pro and an iPad Pro with a new, 10.5-inch form factor — and both are expected to run on Apple’s next A10X chipset. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is also rumored to be the first Apple tablet to ditch the home button and feature an edge-to-edge display with minimal bezels. Interestingly, there hasn’t been any word as to whether the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will do the same. While the two iPad Pro models might be delayed, an entry-level 9.7-inch iPad aimed at the education sector is still reportedly on track to launch in 2017’s first quarter, DigiTimes reported. That particular iPad is expected to feature a lower-cost A9X processor.
Other evidence pointing at an upcoming iPad release include frequent out-of-stock notifications on Apple’s online website for the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the 9.7-inch iPad Air 2, indicating that supply for both models are drying up. On the other hand, Apple has begun airing a series of ads touting the benefits of the current iPad Pro — something that Cupertino doesn’t usually do so close to the end of a device’s life cycle. In any case, Apple is still on track to unveil the iPads sometime this year — and evidence points toward a launch date being sooner than later.