Apple is working on a seventh-generation iPad and all-new 10.5-inch iPad according to reputable Twitter-based leaker CoinX, claiming the new devices will launch separately without iPad Pro branding.
The new 10.2-inch ‘iPad 7’ is expected to be unveiled during Apple’s recently announced ‘It’s Show Time’ media event on Monday, March 25 at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park alongside the introduction of an updated iPad mini, dubbed the iPad mini 5.
Apple’s 10.2-inch iPad isn’t expected to feature all the same bells and whistles as the Face ID-equipped iPad Pro, leaving us expecting a Touch ID model with very few changes to the current entry-level 9.7-inch iPad. – The new model will likely feature very few design changes, with the update mainly being an internal upgrade asides from the increased display.
Whilst not a lot can be found about CoinX (@coiiiiiiiin on Twitter), the leaker was first to share the naming of the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR ahead of the launch of the devices last year, in addition to the 2018 iPad Pro being 5.9mm thick and a few minor details about other Apple products.
Both iPad 7 (10.2”) and the “new” iPad (10.5”, non-Pro) are coming. But not at the same time.
— CoinX (@coiiiiiiiin) March 13, 2019
If the information is accurate, Apple will possibly have three 10-inch tablets available in its lineup. The new 10.2-inch iPad is expected to be a follow-on from the cheap 9.7-inch iPad that launched last March, with a similar price point. The all-new 10.5-inch iPad would likely be a watered-down version of the current 10.5-inch iPad Pro, giving customers a middle option priced between the $399 iPad and $799 iPad Pro.
Given that the new non-pro 10.5-inch iPad model isn’t said to be launching at the same time as the 10.2-inch model, Apple may wait until later in the year when it refreshes its iPad Pro line to introduce the new tablet.