Report: new iPad mini Pro, 10.1″ iPad Pro & updated 12.9″ model due in Spring 2017

By , Oct 3, 2016

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Japanese blog Mac Otakara has heard from reliable sources that Apple is gearing up to refresh its iPad lineup in Spring of 2017 with an updated 12.9-inch iPad Pro model, a new 10.1-inch model joining the lineup and a fifth-generation iPad mini, which should gained the ‘Pro’ moniker and be marketed by Apple simply as the 7.9-inch iPad mini Pro.

For the most part, the outlet corroborated a previous report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with one major difference: Kuo claimed Apple would be releasing a 10.5-inch model iPad Pro model next year, not the 10.1-inch device mentioned in Mac Otakara’s report.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro should gain a twelve-megapixel iSight camera (the same as on the iPhone 7?), as well as True Tone flash and wide color gamut P3 display, both of which are found on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

The next iPad mini is said to be called the 7.9-inch iPad Pro. That device, according to Mac Otakara’s sources, should come outfitted with a Smart Connector and a four-speaker setup as found on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, plus a twelve-megapixel iSight camera, True Tone flash and wide color P3 display.

As for a rumored new 10.1-inch iPad Pro model, the report states that the device will be 1 centimeter longer and 0.5cm wider than the 9.7-inch iPads. The report adds that all three iPad models coming in 2017 will have four microphones, presumably to improve Siri reception in both landscape and portrait orientation.

Lastly, Mac Otakara is adamant that the upcoming iPads won’t drop the 3.55 mm headphone jack like the iPhone 7 series has. The devices should release in Spring 2017.

Source: Mac Otakara (Google Translate)

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  • AMB_07

    Really happy that small tablets are still getting some love.

    • Yup Ill definitely be upgrading from the ipad mini 2, the three definitely was not worth it.. the for was sort of was but a Pro should definitely be able to last for a while.

      • nova voter

        I’m still on the mini 2, also, and this might be the upgrade I was waiting for.

      • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

        Same here! I was keen to keep my ipad mini 2 just because there was not a up-to-date ipad mini. The mini pro is what I was expecting for!

      • AMB_07

        What a coincidence I’m also on the ipad mini 2!

        I’m not sure about an upgrade yet, even though the Mini 2 is from a different era, but I’ll keep an eye on that and if the price is right who knows.

      • Noohar

        Still loving my Mini 2 as well.

  • Jose Gonzalez

    Still on iPad mini 3 waiting for a new iPad mini. I’ve seen some deals on the “4” but it would kill me to upgrade and then see a 5th gen come out shortly after. I’ll just wait.

  • techfreak23

    Doesn’t make sense why they would go from 9.7 to 10.1. The current sizes are perfect for everyone’s personal preference. They just need to make them with all of the same hardware and features so that the main difference is size.

    • Maybe it is the same external size with a .4in bigger screen inside it.

      • techfreak23

        The only reason I can see them doing that is to change the aspect ratio to 16:9 or 16:10 from 4:3, which again doesn’t really make sense to me.

      • They can make the screen a bit bigger and still keep the same resolution if they wanted to.

      • techfreak23

        That would lower the pixel density. Again, all of it doesn’t make any sense.

  • Jamessmooth

    Great news. I made the mistake of getting my Pro without LTE and have been regretting it ever since. Force Touch, back-lit typecover, True Tone and that wide color gamut and I’ll be a happy camper. Don’t care about the camera, but I was in Europe a few weeks ago and man there are a LOT of people taking pics with their iPads these days!
    Edit: I’d like it to be water resistant too… After all, it should be right??

  • James G

    Hope they make it in Black!

  • Silvio6

    If it had fingerprint touchid i would have bought the mini4. So the new mini will be my 1st ipad mini unless it has a “stupid” button 🙂 in that case, I’m sure there will be great deals on the 4.