Apple will reportedly release 3 new iPads in 2017

The new Apple iPad Pro is displayed during an Apple media event in San Francisco California

The tech behemoth will probably unveil the trio sometime in Q2 2017.

Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst for KGI Securities, predicted a higher demand for new iPad models although there is no mention of the iPad mini.

The analyst notes that Samsung will be the "biggest winner" among "new-entrant" suppliers for chips in the lower-priced, 9.7-inch iPad.

The 9.7-inch model, meanwhile, will be a lower-priced legacy option that will "likely account for 50 to 60 percent of total shipments of new iPads", according to the report. There will be three models which measure 12.9-, 10-10.5-, and 9.7-inches, respectively.

There is sufficient reasoning behind the launch of an iPad Pro 2 - with Microsoft's Surface Studio lineup and the new iMac still being in the works, iPad Pro remains Apple's only offering to design professionals.

Is the iPad mini dead?

Apple's software has not been improved greatly in recent times nor has the company particularly made the product more compelling for consumers.

There were also reports that Apple plans to use the True Tone display with their upcoming iPad models.

Apple may finally pickup the iPad bandwagon in the second quarter of this year. The next addition to the family however, the iPad Pro 2 is rumored to be a smaller, but a more "high-end" piece of modern handheld computing.

What comes into question is the viability of putting out new Apple iPads. The Apple iPad Pro 2 is packed with the new Apple A10x processor with a massive 4GB RAM. He also said that Apple could bring in the new flexible AMOLED displays as well but he warned that the downward trend in sales of Apple tablets will continue next year.

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