Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors:
Apple will ship three new iPad Pro models around Spring 2017, including 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, and 10.1-inch models, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara. […]
Today’s report mostly corroborates KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who in August said Apple is planning to release three new iPads in 2017. However, his research note claimed the trio of models would include a 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and a low-cost 9.7-inch iPad.
As much as I’d like to see Apple continuing to support the 7.9-inch form factor, I don’t think we’ll be seeing a new iPad in that size with the Pro moniker. The iPad mini’s popularity has waned since the introduction of iPhones with larger displays and I don’t expect that will end anytime soon.