With Mobile World Congress 2016 in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to start looking forward to the new devices coming out in the next few months. As far as new devices go, one of the more long-awaited products we’re expecting in March is a new iPad, reportedly set to be announced by Apple at an event held in mid-March.
After Apple’s fall event in 2016 with no full-size iPad announced alongside the new iPad Mini and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, speculation started about when the next 9.7 inch iPad would be announced. The latest rumours out of Cupertino say that Apple will be announcing a new iPad at its reported spring event, but that this new tablet will be a smaller member of the iPad Pro family.
Rumour-mongers had been speculating that the new iPad would come with the same Smart Connector as the iPad Pro. A new report says that the new 9.7 inch iPad will be a full member of the Pro line, complete with support for the Apple Pencil, a four-speaker stereo system, and a smaller version of the Smart Keyboard to match.
The report still puts the Apple event on March 15th, and could begin shipping as soon as Friday, the 18th. Pricing is speculative at this point but is expected to be closer to iPad Pro cost than current iPad Air models.