The latest rumor out of the East Asian mill says Apple’s widely-rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro will debut in early April at a special event intended to “mark the inauguration” of Apple Park, which is expected to open for business next month.
Citing sources within Apple’s supply chain, DigiTimes on Tuesday said the company has moved up production of the unannounced 10.5-inch slate to March in preparation of a debut in early April. Apple is supposedly working to unveil the new iPad Pro model at a media event meant to mark the inauguration of Apple Park, which is set to open next month.
When digesting this news, keep in mind that DigiTimes has a somewhat iffy record on rumors like this. Also take into consideration that while Apple Park is scheduled to open its doors to the first wave of employees in April, the Steve Jobs Theater — where events such as the one described in the DigiTimes report will take place — won’t be completed until later this year.
Previous rumors have indicated the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro will launch sometime in the March to May timeframe, depending on which report you read. Apple has yet to send out any media invites for such an event, so all bets are off until the big media guys start receiving their invites.
Evidence of New iPad Pro Models
There is evidence that a new series of Apple tablets are bring tested in and around the San Francisco area. Mobile marketing firm Fiksu reported on Monday that it had discovered four new iPad identifiers running versions of iOS 10.3 in its device tracking logs.
Apple is expected to update its 12.9-inch iPad Pro model, in addition to a new 10-inch or 10.5-inch model with a narrower bezel. A lower-priced 9.7-inch option is also expected to debut alongside the other new iPads.