Although Apple has been known to refresh its tablet line-up in-step with new iPhone hardware, absolutely nothing has emerged from the rumour mill about new iPad models for 2016 and instead we've had leak after leak regarding the iPhone 7 series. Until now, that is.
AppleInsider picked up a couple of leaked photos allegely coming from a worker inside Apple's Chinese supply network and it's claimed these images show the iPad Pro 2; a successor model to the firm's 12.9in iPad Pro tablet aimed at professionals and businesses. According to the details, the tablet has the model number designation MH1C2CD/F and it will go into production reportedly in September, suggesting Apple could announce the device around October or November in keeping with its established schedule of launching new tablets within a couple of months of iPhone September launches.
Supposedly the tablet in the images is a pre-production test unit and it only has enough storage space for the iOS 10 beta and some test applications. There is pretty much no other information on specs and features at present, but we can make an educated guess about an Apple A10X processor and it seems likely that the adaptive display technology Apple added to the 9.7in iPad Pro - which allows the screen to adjust brightness and colour dynamically with ambient lighting - may make its way across the the larger 12.9in successor. Other than this we are expecting the same quad-speaker, Apple Pencil stylus, Smart Connector, and Smart Keyboard setup we saw before on the first iPad Pro.
Apple's Q3 2016 earnings are in -- and the results aren't exactly great.
The Company posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $49.6 billion and net income of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38 percent compared to 39.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.
“We are pleased to report third quarter results that reflect stronger customer demand and business performance than we anticipated at the start of the quarter,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We had a very successful launch of iPhone SE and we’re thrilled by customers’ and developers’ response to software and services we previewed at WWDC in June.”
“Our Services business grew 19 percent year-over-year and App Store revenue was the highest ever, as our installed base continued to grow and transacting customers hit an all-time record,” said Luca Maestri, Apple’s CFO. “We returned over $13 billion to investors through share repurchases and dividends, and we have now completed almost $177 billion of our $250 billion capital return program.”
This means Apple's 2016/17 REALLY needs to be good, especially if it wants to post growth figures again for its iPhone and iPad line.
Naturally we will update you with more info as it emerges.