Apple could keep us waiting for 3 new iPads

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Put away your wallets for now.
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Apple is expected to launch three new iPad models in various sizes in 2017, but we may have to wait until the second half of the year to get our hands on them.

Sources in Apple’s supply chain have confirmed earlier reports that three new models are coming — but they’re unlikely to arrive this spring as previously anticipated.

Why a 10.5-inch iPad Pro isn’t totally crazy

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A 10.5-inch piece of paper on a 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
A 10.5-inch piece of paper on a 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
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Apple’s rumored plans to launch three different-size iPads this spring has fans a bit confused as to why creating a new 10.5-inch model is a good idea. But according to Dan Provost, the co-founder of Studio Neat, it actually wouldn’t be crazy for Apple to change the screen size when you look at the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Apple to deliver 3 new iPads this spring, but no new mini

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The iPad lineup could look a lot different this spring.
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Apple is expected to unveil three new iPad devices this spring, but none of them will cater to fans of the iPad mini.

According to one reliable analyst, the company is focusing its efforts on updating the 9.7-inch iPad and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and on introducing a new model with a 10- to 10.5-inch display.

Today in Apple history: iPad mini arrives

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Did you own an iPad mini?
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Nov2November 2, 2012: The first-generation iPad mini goes on sale.

Boasting a reduced screen size of 7.9 inches — instead of the then-standard 9.7 inches — the iPad mini is the fifth iPad to be released by Apple. It’s praised for being Apple’s most affordable iPad ever, although some people complain about the lack of a Retina display.

Week’s best Apple deals: Super-low prices on iPad minis

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Snag great deals on tiny Apple tablets, a third-party Apple Watch band and an essential iOS app.
Snag great deals on tiny Apple tablets, a third-party Apple Watch band and an essential iOS app.
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We’ve got iPad minis for every budget (as long as your budget falls between $220 and $325). You’ll find those, plus a super-affordable third-party Apple Watch band, in this week’s roundup of the best Apple deals.

iPad Pro gets a surprisingly big price cut

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Apple's price cut may sell a lot more iPads.
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The price of a brand-new iPad Pro just got a lot cheaper today after Apple slashed prices on both the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch models by up to $100.

Apple’s price drop coincides with a storage upgrade for other iPad models, including the iPad Air 2 which is available in 32GB and 128GB configurations on the WiFi-only models.

Check out the new prices:

Week’s best Apple buys: Cheapest ever refurb MacBook Air

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Great deals on Apple gear -- and an iPhone case for just a buck!
Great deals on Apple gear -- and an iPhone case for just a buck!
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We’ve got items big and small in this week’s roundup of best Apple deals. Whether you want to take advantage of all the latest updates from WWDC 2016, or just want an affordable refurb Mac that will get the job done, read on for savings.

Apple fixes Activation Lock bug with iOS 9.3 update

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Get your iOS device up to date fast and easy.
Get your iOS device up to date fast and easy.
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A fix for the Activation Lock bug that plagued older devices that upgraded to iOS 9.3 has been released by Apple this morning, after the company pulled iOS 9.3 availability on select iPhones and iPads last week.

Apple pushed out iOS 9.3 build 13E237 to iPad Air and earlier models, as well as the iPhone 5s and earlier models. The previous build bricked those models during Activation Mode due to failed password authorization.

How to decide which iPad is best for you

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Which iPad model is best for you?
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With the iPad lineup now verging on unwieldy, it’s harder than ever to decide which Apple tablet to buy. Which iPad is best for you? That’s going to depend on your needs, desires and budget — but your iPad buyer’s guide can help!

Do you go for the massive appeal of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro or opt for the smaller-but-newer (and slightly gimped) 9.7-inch iPad Pro? Will a tiny iPad mini suit you, or should you opt for an iPad Air 2, which is still a very capable, thin tablet?

All good questions! We’re here to help you answer them with this handy iPad comparison, just in time for when the new iPad Pro goes on sale Thursday, March 24 (most likely at 12:01 a.m. Pacific, according to Apple Support).