Apple has much on its plate, and the company is set to hold an education-focused event next week, and there are a lot of rumors on what devices the company will announce. It's also a rare occasion for an Apple confab outside its home state of California.
As is its standard practice, Apple is playing its cards close to its chest and didn't respond to a request for comment.
Steve Jobs, founder of the company, made schools a priority for Apple early in its life.
The report, citing sources from Taiwan-based IC design houses, adds that Apple is hurrying up as it doesn't want to 'repeat of the mishap caused by the initial low yield rates on production of 3D sensor modules for those models introduced a year ago'.
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The educational technology market is said to be of $17.7 billion, of which Google and Microsoft command a lion's share with their low-cost laptops.
This news comes at a time when Google's Chromebook and Microsoft's Surface devices have started making in-roads in schools and colleges, which, in the U.S. market, is a very big deal. The announcement will bring Apple back into the education segment, where rivals Google and Microsoft have created an enormous lead.
The model would replace the MacBook Air, Apple's ultraportable laptop released a decade ago.
Kuo expects 9.7-inch iPad shipments to account for over 70% of all iPad shipments this year, which will have a positive impact on Apple Pencil shipments as well.
To Apple's dismay, iPad sales have decreased over the past few years. The company has revised its tablet strategy over the years by releasing different versions at a variety of price points. The strategy has helped iPad business return to growth after multiple declining quarters. Still, demand for tablets is weak. According to research firm IDC, the market reduced in size by about 7% in 2017. Apple grew 3 percent a year ago and leads the industry with about a quarter of the market. There are no specific details about the software available as of late. The iOS device, rumored to feature a 9.7-inch screen, will reportedly have support for Apple Pencil because it is aimed at the education sector.