iPad Pro 2017 release tipped with iPad mini Pro and new 12.9-inch model

Those who follow Apple news will know that the rumor mill rarely stops churning, and today that mill is at it again, delivering new whispers of Apple's incoming iPad Pro releases. A new report by Macotakara (as reported by 9to5Mac) details the three new iPad Pro models that are rumored to be arriving in spring of 2017, dishing some details screen sizes, speakers, and cameras.

First and foremost, these reports claim that the iPad Mini will be reborn as a 7.9-inch iPad Pro. This new model will come equipped with a Smart Connector, a four speaker configuration, and a 12MP iSight Camera with True Tone flash. Further details are rather slim, though Macotakara's sources do say that a True Tone display will also be present on the device.

Most of those specifications carry over to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro model, while the standard Pro model will be getting a bit of bump up in terms of screen size, jumping from 9.7-inches to 10.1-inches. We've heard of similar specifications in the past, only those rumors pegged the standard model with a 10.5-inch screen. Each of these three new models seem to have been updated to use four microphones, dropping the dual microphone set up of models past.

Finally, the report notes that all three of these models retain the headphone jack that has gone missing from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense if Apple is trying to push Lightning as the new audio standard for its devices. It'll be quite some time before we find out if any of these rumors are true, as the new iPad Pros aren't said to launch until spring 2017. Until then, expect plenty of additional rumors to detail the new tablets.

VIA: 9to5Mac

SOURCE: Macotakara