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After almost a year of no updates, it seems that Apple is gearing for not one, but three new iPads this year. However, we might not get a major upgrade on the potential 9.7 inch iPad Pro 2 model.
According to Macotakara, it seems that the potential 9.7 inch iPad Pro 2 might be getting just an internal chip upgrade. The tablet will be getting an A10X chip in to boost GPU and CPU performance over the current A9X option. This means that whatever rumors we have been hearing regarding the new iPads, might be limited to the 12.9 inch model or the new 10.5 inch model, while the 9.7 inch model will stay the same externally.
The reason behind this is simple, as this would make the 9.7-inch edition becomes the budget, entry option, to the Pro line, with the larger models becoming the more premium, feature-rich devices to splurge cash on. It'd allow Apple to make use of any existing manufacturing processes it uses in the 9.7-inch construction, as well as continuing to shift correspondingly-sized keyboards and existing Apple Pencils.
With a release due right around the corner, it is surprising that Apple hasn't given any news of a major announcement event, but this could also be because the tablet is hinted to be a budget model.