It is expected that Apple will be holding an event in October where they will be announcing new iPad Pro models, along with a new MacBook, Mac Mini, AirPods, AirPower and other products. The rumor mill has been active with leaks related to iPad, party due to code found in iOS 12, as well as news leaked through supply chain and other sources. The latest bunch of rumors confirm FaceID, bezel-less design, second generation Apple Pencil, and much more.
2018 iPad Pro
According to 9to5Mac‘s sources, the device will ship in the usual Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi+LTE variants with different screen sizes. Current iPad Pro models ship in 10.5″ and 12″ variants. Apple might be upgrading the 10.5-inch iPad Pro to an 11-inch display.
As per the report, some of the main features of the new iPad Pro are the following:
- The new iPad Pros will sport an edge-to-edge display, with no home button and no iPhone X-like notch. The design will have thinner bezels like iPhone X. A TrueDepth camera will be part of the features – a necessity for FaceID recognition.
- FaceID will be powered by a more powerful version of the same chip that powers the latest iPhones, A12X, codenamed Vortex. The process for registering FaceID will be consistent with iPhone X and its successors. Users will be able to unlock the iPad while in portrait and landscape orientations, but not upside down.
- The rumored second generation Apple Pencil will allegedly launch with 2018 iPad Pro. It is not known if the current Apple Pencil will work with the new iPad Pro or if the two new products will come as a paired bundle deal. The new Apple Pencil will be able to pair with iPad Pro similar to how AirPods pair with iOS devices.
- There will be a new type of magnetic connector for accessories to fit at the back of the iPad. This will allow for third party accessories to connect to the device with ease.
- One rumor floating around the Apple stratosphere is the incorporation of USB-C. It will allow for an external display to be connected to iPad Pro. USB-C will allow 4K HDR video output to an external display. Resolution, brightness, and other display settings will be adjustable through a new option in the settings menu.
Losing the lightning port could mean sacrificing the ability to use many first-party and third-party accessories. It would also mean that the new Apple Pencil will need to have a USB-C connector for charging.
The event is expected to take place soon. Stay tuned for the latest updates on the new 2018 iPad Pro.
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