“Apple has moved ahead the production for its planned new 10.5-inch iPad to March instead of an earlier timetable set for May-June and is expected to unveil the new iPad at a product event to be held in early April to mark the inauguration of Apple’s new headquarters in California, according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers,” Siu Han and Steve Shen report for DigiTimes.

“The 10.5-inch iPad will target education and business sectors, and together with an upgrade 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the two models will be Apple’s mainstream products for the mid-tier to high-end tablet market in 2017, said the sources,” Han and Shen report.

T”he production schedule for an upgrade 12.9-inch iPad Pro still remains unclear,” Han and Shen report. “The sources estimated that volume production of the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro may kick off in May-June.”

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MacDailyNews Take: If so, we’d expect to see Apple’s invitation to the media rather soon. That 10.5-inch, thin-bezel iPad Pro (physical size around the same as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro) sounds — in rumor form, at least — like a real winner!

Soon, it will become very clear for millions upon millions that it’s finally time to replace their aged iPad 2 units!

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