DigiTimes's reliable sources tell the publication the 9.7-inch is expected to enter mass production in the first quarter of 2017, while mass production for the other two tablets won't begin until the second quarter.

However, it does not assure consumers that it will be announced or release by Apple by second half of 2017 as per stated in the report.

DigiTimes also reiterates previous rumors that the higher-end versions of the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will pack Apple's powerful A10X processor.

Apparently, Apple is considering to replace the 9.7-inch iPad with the 10.5-inch modelmeaning the next 9.7-inch model will be an entry-level tablet targeting the educational sector.

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Alongside the expected updates to the iPad and iPad Pro family, Apple is expected to offer an upgraded Apple Pencil during 2017. While the Apple Pencil is also a very efficient and useful device, it sadly does not have enough apps to support its usability.

The more interesting products will nearly certainly be the higher-end 10.5-inch iPad and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The initial rumor was that Apple was putting together a launch event of three new iPads this March. Apple now sells a 7.9-inch iPad Mini along with the 9.7-inch iPad Air.

Apple's next update to its iPads may include a model with a new screen size. However, the Air 3 might be a possibly relatively budget option, which any of its alterations could be limited to the more costly iPad Pro 2 models. However, Apple reportedly plans to keep a small part of the top bezel to give just the right space for the front-facing FaceTime camera.

The reports, spotted by tech blog LetemSvetemApplem, show that Apple is looking at ways of filling the Apple Pencil 2 with magnets.