Apple is planning to release a 9.7-inch iPad Pro in March, not a new iPad Air 3 as rumored earlier, reports 9to5Mac. The tablet will allegedly be revealed on March 15th and ship as early as March 18th.
We previously reported that the new 9.7-inch iPad model will include a Smart Connector, and now we have learned that Apple is preparing a smaller version of its Smart Keyboard cover attachment for the new model, and it likely will be ready for March. Like the 12.9-inch models, quad stereo speakers will be part of the hardware. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro is also expected to come in the same colors and storage capacities as the larger iPad Pro, but the pricing will be closer in line with the iPad Air models it will succeed.
It’s believed that Apple may discontinue the iPad Air (1st gen) and iPad mini 2 upon launching the new iPad Pro.