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An iPad is displayed inside an Apple Inc. store in Los Angeles, California, U.S., September 16, 2016. Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

It has been reported that Apple could be releasing three new iPad Pro versions in spring of 2017 and an iPad Pro Mini is also on the way. The news comes amidst reports that Apple is thinking of dropping the iPad line altogether.

The Verge reported via Japanese blog Macotakara that two of the versions will be in brand new sizes. As per the leaked information, the Cupertino-based company is looking forward to release a 7.9-inch iPad Mini under the “Pro” line. The device will reportedly feature iPad Pro-type smart connector and four speakers.

Even though Apple analyst Ming Chi-Kuo has hinted at a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, recent reports suggest a 10.1-inch iPad Pro with a 12MP camera and an upgraded True Tone flash. As per the Macotakara leak, another 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2 device will also receive the True Tone flash and 12MP camera. Other specs and features haven’t been disclosed yet.

The information has also revealed that Apple could be keeping the 3.5mm headphone jack for the new iPad Pro line-up. However, these reports are in stark contrast to what Apple analyst Chi-Kuo said. Hence, it is advisable not to believe the Macotakara report blindly though they were the first to report Apple was intending to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack for iPhone 7.

Their leaks on Apple designing a new Home button also proved true though their reports on supposed release of the new MacBook Air misfired.

In case Apple really boosts the standard-sized iPad from 9.7 inches to 10.1, it will likely get a lot of praise from the creative buyers. They would love the extra screen size and a lower price than the 12.9-inch model.

Thus, Apple will likely replace the 9.7-inch iPad model with the 10.1-inch iPad Pro and phase out the iPad Mini 4 with the 7.9-inch version, reports Macworld.