iPad Pro 2 release date, specs news 2016: New iPad Pro neither a 12.9-inch nor a 9.7-inch model?

(REUTERS/Beck Diefenbac)The existing iPad Pro was revealed during an Apple media event on Sept. 9, 2015.

Now that the iPad Pro is more than a year old, Apple fans are already hankering for a revamped version.

The original iPad Pro, which was announced on Sept. 9 last year, featured a large 12.9-inch screen, Apple Pencil support and a powerful A9X processor. Not long after, Apple unveiled another iPad Pro, only this one was a smaller model with a 9.7-inch screen. However, compared with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the smaller variant had a better True Tone display and various other features that weren't available in the first iPad Pro.

Since then, Apple fans have been wondering if the tech giant will soon reveal an upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro or if it will stick with the 9.7-inch model.

Surprisingly, there have recently been rumors that Apple will instead go with an entirely new size for its iPad Pro, one that will replace both the 12.9-inch and the 9.7-inch models.

Apart from the rumored size of the iPad Pro 2, Tech Radar suggests that the highly anticipated new Apple device could be water-resistant, slimmer and lighter than the original iPad Pro. It is expected to follow in the footsteps of the iPhone 7, which came out sans the standard 3.5mm headphone port.

According to PC Advisor UK, the rumored iPad Pro 2 could come with an all-new processor and a camera system better than the 12-megapixel iSight camera with True Tone flash found in the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The iPad Pro 2 is also expected to have a 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera with 4K video recording.

In addition, the industry follower notes that the iPad Pro 2 could come in the rose gold color variant. The new iPad Pro could also come in jet black, the new color option for the iPhone 7.

MacWorld says that the rumored iPad Pro 2 won't be announced before the end of the year. Tech Radar suggests a March 2017 launch date, following the March unveiling of the 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

Apple has not announced an official release date for the rumored iPad Pro 2.

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