Apple is reportedly prepping a new tablet with a screen size between the two current iPad Pro models. Rumors of this 10.5-inch model have been circulating since last fall, and the debut is supposedly finally coming next week.
The second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro might be introduced at the same time.
10.5-inch iPad Pro Rumors
Images of cases supposedly designed for a new iOS tablet have appeared on the Web recently. If they really are for the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, they indicate that this model will be about 0.6 inches taller than the iPad Pro 9.7, and perhaps 0.4 inches wider.
Fitting a 10.5-inch display into a casing of this size will leave little room for a physical Home button. Apple might be planning to replace this with a virtual button that’s displayed on the screen, however. This is also supposed to be the plan for the next-generation iPhone. That said, there have been reports that the company is having problems embedding a fingerprint scanner under the display.
10.5-inch iPad Pro Justification
The display in Apple’s 12.9-inch model has 78% more area than the 9.7-inch one, so it’s certainly arguable that there’s room for a 10.5-inch iPad Pro between those two. Especially if the rumors that the casing of this model will be nearly the same size as the 9.7-inch version turns out to be correct.
Or Apple could be planning to stop offering the iPro Pro with a 9.7-inch screen. Our comparison of the current version and the new iPad (2017) recommended people go for the cheaper model, as the Pro doesn’t offer enough to justify its additional cost.
10.5-inch iPad Pro Expectations
Like last year’s iPad Pro 9.7, this upcoming computer will supposedly have a “True Tone” screen that adjusts itself to better match ambient lighting colors. The screen resolution is expected to be 2732 x 2048 pixels, like the 12.9-inch version.
Apple is supposedly going to introduce the quad-core A10X Fusion processor with this generation of tablets, making them marginally faster than their predecessors. The 10.5-inch iPad Pro is unlikely to include a headset jack, instead depending on a Lighting port and a Smart Connector.
A safe assumption is support for the Apple Pencil. A new version of the Apple Smart Keyboard is also a strong possibility, as the change in sice would mean the new model couldn’t gracefully use either of the existing versions of this accessory.
10.5-inch iPad Pro Price and Release Date
If the 10.5-inch iPad Pro replaces the 9.7-inch version, then it could sell for about $599, the same as the current smaller Pro. But there’s always a chance that the larger screen could push that price up.
Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference kicks off Monday, June 5, and this new model is widely expected to be unveiled at the keynote address. That said, the annual WWDC is usually reserved for software announcements.