Why You Shouldn't Buy an iPad Right Now

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You might want to hold off on buying an iPad right now. According to reputable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Cupertino tech giant has a new lineup of iPad Pro and iPad tablets slated for next year, with a "revolutionary" flexible OLED model to follow in 2018.

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According to Kuo's latest research (as reported by MacRumors), Apple will release a new 10.5 inch version of the iPad Pro as well as a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2, both of which may run on a speedy new A10X processor. The company is also reportedly prepping a new "low-cost" 9.7-inch iPad, which could be powered by the current A9X chip.

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The iPad Pro currently comes in 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch variations, so the 10.5-inch model could appeal to shoppers who want a bigger-than-normal (but not absolutely massive) productivity tablet. A cheaper 9.7-inch iPad would give budget-conscious customers more options; the 16GB iPad mini 2 is Apple's only slate under $300. As for the mini, there's no word on what this new lineup might mean for Apple's smallest tablet. 

But while next year could usher in some welcome iPad refreshes, 2018 may be a year of revolution for Apple's slate. Kuo predicts that the iPad will adopt a flexible AMOLED panel by 2018, which could allow for new, slimmer designs, richer colors and better power consumption. This falls in line with reports of Apple's iPhone adopting OLED, which could happen as soon as next year

Even with these new models on the horizon, Kuo predicts that tablets will continue to decline, possibly due in part to smartphones continuing to offer bigger and better screens. Still, if you've been eyeing the iPad Pro or 9.7-inch iPad, next year might be a good time to pick one up. Apple's next major launch event is expected to take place on Sept. 7 -- it will likely be focused on new iPhones, but you might want to keep your eyes peeled for new tablets. 

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Michael Andronico
Michael Andronico, Editor
A devout gamer and tech enthusiast, Mike Andronico joined the Laptop team in July 2013. With a B.A. in Journalism from Purchase College and experience at GameNGuide, Examiner and 2D-X, Mike tackles everything from iPhone rumors to in-depth hardware reviews.
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  • Eddie G. Says:

    I would agree with the other comment made. For too long Apple has been portraying itself as the ultimate artistic device. Unfortunately, artistry may motivate a sector of the business world, but not the majority of it. If Apple wants to regain it lead over Microsoft, they need to "return" to the business world and corporate America. And as much as they might hate to admit it, that will mean they have to standardize their software to be compatible with MS and other OS'es. Enough with the separatist and elitist mentality, bring your hardware and software together, stop making g tiny adjustments to an iPhone and then making it seem as though you've made the next Quantum Leap in technology. And for goodness sakes stop cranking out the same thing every few years and calling it "groundbreaking"! I remember those commercials where the Mac vs PC was the running theme. Nowadays?...the Mac guy is the odd man out.

  • JuanSoto Says:

    The curse of the copy-heads. I'm referring to Xerox Alto and the first GUI computer (1973). These guys were such "copy heads" they couldn't see beyond making copies.

    Enter Google with their 'cloud-only', limited storage devices. The magnificent Pixel killed as an all-purpose machine. So close to being the dream machine.

    Apple just keeps stretching their ipod. Despite what their users (and the demands of the rest of the market). Clamp some of these tablets to a detachable keyboard, provide some usable desktop features (with right-click mouse options). Most of all, stop playing cutesy artistic games with hardware and software design and get back to basics (practicality).

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