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IHS Markit analyst also expects a 10.5-inch iPad Pro soon

Rhoda Alexander, director of Tablets and PCs, at the IHS Markit research group tells Forbes contributor Brooke Crothers that we should expect to see a new iPad Pro design with a 10.5-inch display soon. This echoes a prediction made last August by KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

The beauty of the new size of Apple tablet is that it’s the same size as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro but with a resolution of 2,024-by-1,668 (compared to the current 2,048-by-1,536) because of a smaller bezel, according to Alexander. This works well for Apple because it means 9.5-inch iPad Pro accessories like the Smart Keyboard can be used with 10.5-inch version.

Alexander believes the new iPad Pro could arrive in the March-April time frame. A report  from DigiTimes last week, however, claimed that the the 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros may not come until May or June. (The Sellers Research Firm — that’s me — says Alexander is right about the March-April time frame.)

“I think this is a good move because the 9.7 [inch] display is too small and the chassis size on the 12.9 [inch] is too big,” Raymond Soneira, a display expert and president of DisplayMate Technologies, told Forbes.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.