Smaller iPad Pro Coming for Those Who Found the Big Screen Too Clumsy
NEWS ANALYSIS: Apple is getting ready to right-size the iPad Pro and iPhone to extend these product lines to accommodate customers who sometimes find the larger tablet and smartphone models unwieldy.When Apple announces its new iPad on March 21, the result won't be the long anticipated iPad Air 3. Instead, if all of those widely spread rumors are correct, which they frequently are, what will actually appear is a smaller version of the iPad Pro. That's because when you look at Apple's past product introductions, it's not that hard to figure out what to expect in the new iPad Pro. In fact, the biggest secret involving the new tablet is the name, not the stuff inside. Apple doesn't usually move its technology backwards, and it's safe to assume that the company won't start now. Instead, what we're probably going to see is a new tablet that replaces the iPad Air, but which moves beyond it. It's also safe to assume that Apple isn't going to abandon the 9.7-inch form factor. The larger iPad Pro introduced last fall brings some real power to the Apple tablet, but it's large enough that portability took a big hit. For many, the 12.9-inch screen made the tablet too big for easy insertion into a briefcase, and the larger screen limited usefulness for some people.
It now looks like Apple will bring the technology of the iPad Pro to a smaller tablet and make that new tablet part of the iPad Pro line. This means that you can expect to see a very high-resolution, stylus-sensitive screen with support for the Apple Pencil. There will also be a smart connector on one long edge of the new iPad and an accompanying keyboard and cover.