According to Kuo, Apple is aiming to introduce a new 10.5-inch
iPad Pro model next year to go along with a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2
and a “low-cost” 9.7-inch iPad model. Kuo makes no mention about
the fate of the current 7.9-inch iPad mini, although many have
assumed that model may be phased out as the recent 5.5-inch
iPhone “Plus” models have helped lessen demand for Apple’s
If true, I’ll bet the aspect ratio changes. I can’t see why else they’d change to something so similar to the existing 9.7-inch size.