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Rumor claims Apple at work on 11-inch iPad Pro, no new iPhones in first half of 2018

Apple is allegedly working on an iPad Pro measuring around 11 inches, according to a Taiwanese report, which also quashed the idea of any imminent iPhone SE refresh.




The 11-inch Pro —and an updated 12.9-inch model —are likely to launch around Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News said. It's unclear if the site might just be referring to an updated 10.5-inch Pro, but the shipping window would align with an investor memo by Rosenblatt's Jun Zhang, and last year's Pro refresh.

An 11-inch format might make sense, given rumors that Apple plans to remove home buttons on future iPads and move to Face ID, as on the iPhone X. That would enable smaller bezels, and hence more display space.

At the same time, EDN has an unreliable track record on product specifics, and Apple could simply shrink bezels while keeping display size the same.

The site also claimed that Apple won't ship any new iPhones in the first half of the year, which is when an "iPhone SE 2" has sometimes been rumored as shipping. The SE first debuted two years ago, and crammed many features of the then-current iPhone 6s into a smaller 4-inch format.