New reports circulating about an iPad refresh in 2016 point to a 0.3mm thicker 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and bezel-less 10.9-inch iPad with the same thickness as last generation's 9.7-inch model, eschewing Apple's normal drive for thinner products as they evolve.
According to Macotakara, the previously predicted 10.9-inch iPad is bezel-free on the sides, and retains the iPad Air's 7.5mm thickness. The top and bottom bezels remain, with the FaceTime camera still in the bezel. However, sources claim that the home button is absent from designs that they have seen.
The iPad Pro 12.9-inch model is said to grow 0.3mm in thickness to 7.2 millimeters, with the same retention of the bezel on the top and bottom of the case as on the 10.9-inch iPad, as well as the home button being removed on the larger model.
The reports of the mid-sized iPad Pro vary, with reports predicting either a 10.5-inch or 10.9-inch model debuting some time in the first half of the new year. Other advancements, like AMOLED displays, aren't expected until 2018.
Editor's note: This article has been corrected to reflect a potential iPad thickness change of 0.3mm, not 3mm.