IHS Markit director of tablets and PCs Rhoda Alexander has claimed that Apple’s rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro will maintain the same pixel density as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro, while having a higher resolution of 2,224×1,668 pixels (via MacRumors). In an interview with Forbes, she said that a 10.5-inch iPad Pro at 2,224×1,668 would have 264 PPI, equal to the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro at 2,048×1,536.
If the 10.5-inch iPad Pro does in fact end up having the same pixel density as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro, that would go against another mathematically possible scenario in which the tablet could have the same 2,732×2,048 resolution as the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro, with the same pixel density as the iPad mini 4.
In line with existing rumors, Alexander said the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will have slimmer bezels that allow it to have the same overall footprint as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.
She also predicted that the 10.5-inch iPad Pro may arrive in the March-April timeframe, which lines up with Apple’s rumored March event. Previously, Japanese blog MacOtakara has claimed that Apple will release four new iPad Pro models at a March event, although that report said a 10.5-inch model may not ship until May.
Alexander believes that Apple’s rumoured 9.7-inch iPad Pro could start at $299, which would be $100 cheaper than the iPad Air 2.