Reports: new iPad Pro models coming next year, with a little Pro replacing the iPad mini

Caitlin McGarry
4 October, 2016
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Apple is on track to release new iPads next year, which isn’t a big surprise. What is intriguing, however, is the rumoured sizing of those new iPads: a 10.1in iPad Pro to replace the 9.7in model, and a 7.9in version to phase out the iPad mini 4.

The current iPad Pro lineup features a 12.9in model and a 9.7in version, but early next year that lineup could expand to three. The new iPad report comes from Japanese blog Makotakara, but echoes earlier rumours from KGI Securities. The smaller 7.9in Pro is rumoured to include the same Smart Connector and quad-speaker set-up as the 12.9in model, which is reportedly sticking around, plus a 12-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash. The 9.7in Pro already has a 12-megapixel camera, but the 12.9in Pro’s 8-megapixel camera will reportedly get an upgrade next year with a 12-megapixel version and True Tone flash.

Why this matters: If Apple bumps up its standard-sized iPad from 9.7in to 10.1in, it would be a bit surprising, though the Pro is marketed toward creative types who would likely appreciate the extra screen real estate at a price lower than the 12.9in model (which starts at $1149 for 32GB).

According to Makotakara, all three iPads will keep the headphone jack – eliminating it from every iOS device would be a big shock to the system, though Apple is reportedly considering removing the 3.5mm audio jack from the MacBook.

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