Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) To Launch A 9.7 Inch iPad And Budget iPhone In March

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is reportedly working on a new 9.7 inch iPad Pro slated for release at a March 15th event. The new iPad according to 9to5Mac will complement the larger 12.9 iPad as it will feature support for both Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. The new rumors cast further doubts on a purported Air 3 that the company was reportedly working on.

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Specs and Features

 The 9.7-inch model will come with the same internals as its predecessor, the 12.9-inch model. However it is to feature a more compact design optimized for productivity. A smaller detachable keyboard will also come into play as the iPad, features a much smaller screen Apple Inc. is also inclined at incorporating a quad speaker in the smaller iPad.

The new iPad will feature the same color and storage options as the 12.9-inch model predecessor. There is no word on how much the new iPad will retail on. Updated display technology, as well as RAM and processor upgrades, will also be on offer with the new device. Apple Inc. has confirmed that the new model could lead to a slowdown in production for the iPad mini 2 and iPad Air.

Killing off Older Models

Should the new iPad gain the much-needed traction on sales, then Apple may eventually kill off iPad mini 2 and iPad Air. Removing the two from the supply chain is all part of an effort that seeks to prevent the iPad product line from being too overcrowded.

Apple Inc. is in desperate need of a new iPad after years of sales slowdown. IPad sales in the December quarter tanked to 16.1 million units down from 21.4 million units sold the previous year. Sales have been on a downward trend since peaking in 2009. CEO, Tim Cook, is hopeful of sales bouncing back this year even as competition in the space continues to clock fever pitch.

A new iPad won’t be the only product slated for release at the March 15 event. Apple Inc.  could launch a new budget phone, iPhone 5Se, with curved edges and powered by A9 chip.

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Daniel Simmons