Another supply chain sources has backed multiple reports that Apple plans to launch 3 iPad models in 2017. This time the report comes from the Digitimes, who cited sources from a "related upstream supply chain." According to the Taiwanese site, Apple will release "a 9.7-inch iPad with a friendly price range, a 10.5-inch iPad, and an upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro" in the second half of 2017. Both KGI Securities and the Japanese website Makotakara have also claimed Apple is working on 3 new iPad models that will be released in Q2 of this year.
The new report notes that the rumored 10-inch tablet will replace the current 9.7-inch iPad model, and the 9-inch tablet will become the new entry level iPad. If true, this means the 9.7-inch iPad could be available starting at $299 to $399, and that the 10-inch model will retail for around $599. The iPad Pro 2 will remain Apple's high-end model starting at $799.
Other rumors have suggested that the 10-inch model will feature a narrow bezel design and ship without a physical Home button.
Another report published on Wednesday by an unknown Dutch blog, said Apple is also working on a second-generation Pencil with new a magnetic system for attaching the stylus to the iPad.
So far none of the recent rumors have mentioned a next-generation iPad mini, suggesting Apple may discontinue the 7-inch tablet line.