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Big changes could be coming to the iPad Pro 2

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Apple revitalised the iPad with a new name and a new size-point in the iPad Pro 12.9, but in the next couple of years its tablet range could see even bigger changes.

In a note obtained by AppleInsider, respected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated that he believes another size point will be added in 2017, with a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro slotting in between a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 and a lower cost 9.7-inch model.

Apparently both the 10.5 and 12.9-inch models will be powered by a new A10X chip, while the 9.7-inch iPad Pro 2 will stick with the same A9X chip as the current generation models, marking it out as a lower-end option.

A brighter, bendier screen

Despite a new size point Kuo believes that iPad sales will continue to drop next year, but that even bigger changes in 2018 could turn things around, with a flexible AMOLED screen apparently set to be the highlight among "a host of hardware upgrades" which could lead to a more intuitive interface.

As always take this with a pinch of salt, especially as these are very early rumors, but an AMOLED screen would make sense. There's already been whispers of a curved AMOLED display making its way to the iPhone 8 in 2017, allowing for brighter colors and superior contrast, in which case it's likely Apple would bring it to the iPad Pro range as well.

In fact, a complete redesign has been rumored for next year's iPhone, which could sport a glass case instead of a metal one, so it makes sense that we'd see big changes to the iPad range too.

James is a freelance phones, tablets and wearables writer and sub-editor at TechRadar. He has a love for everything ‘smart’, from watches to lights, and can often be found arguing with AI assistants or drowning in the latest apps. James also contributes to 3G.co.uk, 4G.co.uk and 5G.co.uk and has written for T3, Digital Camera World, Clarity Media and others, with work on the web, in print and on TV.