More rumors of a third Apple iPad Pro model for 2017

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The Apple iPad has undoubtedly been a popular tablet with users and many still believe it’s the best tablet experience around. Earlier this month we reported that a new Apple iPad Pro model might be joining the ranks and its size would fall between the current 9.7″ and 12.9″ models. Now more rumors are surfacing fueling further speculation that this indeed could be true. The new Apple iPad Pro 10.5″ is said to be marketed and targeting the education and business market.

Apple is launching the 10.5-inch iPad mainly because 10-inch and larger tablets have been popular among enterprises and the education sector in the US, the sources said. Its existing 9.7-inch iPad may be too small and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro too expensive for such procurement, the sources indicated.

MacRumors points to this being the second source that verifies that Apple will be marketing a third iPad Pro. Noted Apple analyst and source for many Apple rumors Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities is the second source claiming a new 10.5″ iPad. Kuo goes as far as to claim Apple may also create a lower priced iPad 9.7″ model, likely a non-Pro version. But the broader question is, does the consumer care for tablets anymore?

Without question, the Apple iPad is the best selling tablet out there but with devices like the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft Surface Book, and many of Lenovo’s Yoga offerings, is the iPad becoming unnecessary? Apple has chosen to keep their tablet experience and laptop experience separate but Microsoft’s Windows 10 has people intrigued due to its hybrid usage and Windows 10 is pretty amazing. On a personal level, I sold my iPad simply because I found using a 13″ MacBook Air much simpler and more robust due to having full macOS. Apple may have to start looking at integrating macOS and iOS on a higher level as well as integrating touch into their laptop line.

What do you think? Are iPad’s still relevent? Do you think Apple should work on merging their desktop and mobile OS? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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Last Updated on January 23, 2017.


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