In late summer, the KGI Securities analyst Kuo reported that Apple is planning to unveil the iPad Pro 2 in three sizes next year. A new report from Japanese blog Macotakara agrees with the previous rumors and adds more details from their reliable sources.
According to the report, there will be three new iPad Pro 2 models released in the early 2017. The first will be the successor to the iPad mini with a 7.9″ screen size. Many have wondered if Apple would be announcing a new iPad mini or discontinuing the line since it has been over a year without any updates. The mini’s also seemed to be updating more slowly than Apple’s other iPads. Macotakara states the new iPad mini will actually be an iPad Pro 2. It will be updated to the same specifications as the current 9.7″ iPad Pro. It will have a 12MP rear camera, True Tone rear flash, the True Tone display, and four speakers.
The second iPad Pro 2 to be released will have a 10.1″ screen size. This model will replace the current 9.7″ iPad Pro that came out earlier this year. The tablet will be 1cm taller and .5cm wider which allows Apple to increase its screen size.
Finally, the 12.9″ iPad Pro 2 will be resemble the current 9.7″ iPad Pro with an upgraded camera and display. The reports states that every model of the iPad Pro 2 line will have the same specifications with only the screen sizes as the difference. Hopefully this means that tablets will upgrade together every year. No more of this 9.7″ iPad Pro is better than the 12.9″ iPad Pro.
Also, all the iPads will be upgraded with quad microphones, up from the current dual microphones. As for the headphone jack and Home button, they are expected to remain on the iPad models for now.
The new iPad Pro 2 will come out in spring 2017.