Apple’s new iPad might hit the shelves sooner than you think. According to reports by Digitimes, Taiwan-based supply chain makers state that Apple has moved up production plans for the alleged 10.5 inch iPad, with the tablet scheduled for a launch this April.
The device is rumoured to feature an edge-to-edge display with a revamped virtual ‘Home Button’ and major improvements under the hood. The 10.5-inch variant is the replacement for the original 10.9-inch variant, however, with slimmer bezels, the footprint of the device has gradually reduced, and is sized similarly to the current generation 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The device is also expected to eliminate the fingerprint scanner from the chin of the device.
The device was earlier tipped to go into production sometime in May, however with the reschedule, we can expect the devices to be on the shelves by April end.
The report also suggests that Apple might also unveil an upgraded 9.7 inch iPad, as well as an upgraded 12.9 inch iPad Pro. The updated 9.7-inch tablet is expected to be the least expensive in the line-up. According to Digitimes, Apple might release the 10.5 inch and 12.9 inches iPad as the mid-tier to high-end tablet category.
We would ask you to take these leaks with a pinch of salt, as these are mere rumours and the end product could be really different from the leaks. Also, there is no exact date for the unveiling of the iPads as of now.