Apple final week despatched out a shock occasion invite with a textual content ‘Let’s take a area journey’. There is not any phrase as to what the corporate will launch however predictions from analysts at all times give us some concept of what may come. One of the merchandise rumoured to come back is the budget 9.7-inch iPad model. Adding some weight to that declare is a brand new report citing KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo.

Kuo, as reported by Macrumours, says that the upcoming 9.7-inch iPad model will support an adjunct that was till now supported by the iPad ‘Pro’ fashions – the Apple Pencil. He provides that the cargo numbers of the actual accent will enhance to 9-10 million items in 2018 “given that the new low-cost iPad may support Apple Pencil.”

“Strong demand for low-price 9.7-inch iPad in 2017. iPad shipments hit 43.8mn units in 2017, well above the 35mn units forecast by the market at the beginning of the year. The primary driver was the low-price 9.7-inch model, whose selling points are competitive pricing and a significantly larger panel than those of six- to seven-inch smartphones (iPad mini was a flop because it was replaced by large-screen smartphones). In a bid to strengthen its selling points and to differentiate it more from low-price Android tablets, the new low-price 9.7-inch iPad (starting mass production in 2Q18) will likely support Apple Pencil,” says Kuo.

According to earlier rumours, the brand new iPad may be priced at round $259. In March final 12 months, the corporate had first launched the present 9.7-inch model.

The March 27 occasion shall be happening at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago, Illinois, US. Since Apple is holding the occasion in a college, it’s being assumed that the corporate might be asserting one thing within the training area. The budget 9.7-inch iPad matches within the situation.