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

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

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

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