In the second quarter the company will release a new version of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, as well as a mid-range and low-priced option, according to 9to5Mac's report. The mid-range model, either 10 inches or 10.5 inches, will have a faster chip and the screen will cover more of the front of the tablet, Kuo wrote.
Kuo has long expected new iPads to be released this year, to supplement Apple's new MacBook line.
Apple's iPad shipments declined 7 percent year-over-year in the fourth fiscal quarter, reported at the end of October. Kuo reportedly said he expects Apple's iPad prospects to improve with the new models, thanks to lower supply chain costs and a wider variety of attractive options for businesses.
Earlier, Mac Otakara reported about the trio of new iPads, all in the Pro line, in spring 2017. The new iPads are said to come in 7.9-inch, 10.1-inch, and 12.9-inch varieties, all with True Tone displays.
The iPad's release dates have fluctuated throughout the years — many seen a year go by between product updates, and there were also multiple updates in the same year.