The 9.7-inch iPad is said to have a slimmer bezel design and utilize just one LED tube instead of two. The device is also said to feature longer battery life. Apple hasn't provided a firm mass production schedule yet but pilot production was able to satisfy demand for initial launch so Apple will likely provide its estimates at the end of July or early August. The company is expected to announce the new tablet in September.
Regarding the iPad mini, DigiTimes says Apple is still considering whether or not to go with a Retina Display.
As for the new 7.9-inch iPad mini, the sources pointed out that Apple is still considering whether to adopt a Retina Display for the device, and if the company decides to do so, the product's release may be delayed to the end of the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Apple has also been asking its upstream supply partners to further shrink the next-generation iPad mini's bezel, aiming to push a bezel-less design similar to that of Samsung and HTC's large-size smartphones.