Apple’s iPad Pro currently comes in two sizes: 12.9 and 9.7 inches, with the latter variant sharing the form factor with the Pencil-less iPad Air. But according to a new report by KGI’s analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, first noticed by MacRumors, the company might introduce a third, 10.5-inch option next year.
That device is likely to be launched alongside an updated 12.9-inch iPad Pro as well as a “low-cost” 9.7-inch iPad, presumably a successor of the iPad Air 2. There’s no word about an update to the iPad mini.
Why another tablet size? According to Kuo, this might be the iPad that’ll help Apple win tenders in commercial and education markets. Both devices will reportedly sport Apple’s upcoming A10X processor, while the 9.7-inch new iPad will have an A9X processor.
Kuo further claims that Apple is working on a “revolutionary” new iPad with a flexible AMOLED screen that should come out in 2018.
“If Apple can truly tap the potential of a flexible AMOLED panel, we believe the new iPad model will offer new selling points through radical form factor design and user behavior changes, which could benefit shipments,” Kuo wrote in his report.
The predictions are bold — the 10.5-inch iPad could cluster Apple’s messy iPad lineup even further, and a two-years-from-here iPad with a flexible screen (though that could just mean curvy) sounds like sci-fi at this point. Kuo, however, accurately predicted a fair amount of facts about Apple products; his recent prediction, that of an OLED bar-equipped MacBook Pro, has not materialized yet, but it has been widely confirmed by other reports.