Images purportedly showing cases for Apple’s 2017 iPad lineup have been released. The arrival suggests Apple will soon announce the long-rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro and second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Soon after publishing images apparently showing molds for this year’s iPhone lineup, designer-leaker Benjamin Geskin is at it again. He has now published images seemingly showing wooden cases for Apple’s new iPad Pro models.
As you can see, the cases show cutouts for a Lightning port, microphone, vertical camera, and four speaker grilles. Note the placement of the microphone at the top rear of both new iPads. The budget iPad, first released in March, has a similar arrangement. By contrast, the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro has the microphone cutout on the right side of the device, above the volume buttons.
Geskin’s tweet notes there won’t be an iPad mini refresh in 2017. Last week, BGR reported Apple will eventually discontinue its 7.9-inch tablet.
There has been some disagreement on when Apple will announce its lineup of new iPad Pro models. Some of the earlier rumors had suggested Apple would hold off on an announcement until the fall. Now, an announcement at next month’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) looks increasingly more likely.
We should know soon enough. The WWDC keynote address is on Monday, June 5, beginning at 10 a.m. PDT. In addition to new hardware, Apple’s likely to use the event to unveil “iOS 11” and next-generation versions of macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.