Following the launch of theand the a month ago, Apple now has the media to . Of course, the company has already organized follow-up events in October – most recently in 2016, when it announced and .
This time, the rumors of new iPad Pros are the loudest – though also aboutand as well as refreshments from .
The recently releasedreportedly contained – two Wi-Fi models and two LTE models in each size – after 9to5Mac , as well as a new version of Face ID, USB-C connectivity and output support for 4K displays. These types of features would help Apple compete with newer devices such as and .
They would also help rebuild the Pro as a higher-value device after Apple addedin March to the iPad entry-level devices. Starting at $ 329 (£ 319 or AU $ 469), the basic iPad now offers many of the premium features that have so far been available only in the much more expensive and was reserved]
At the moment, the Pro models still retain the exclusive rights to the superior Retina display and the Smart Connector, which allows you to add a snap-on keyboard.
A chorus of supply chain experts and sources now suggest that Apple will redefine the iPad Pro lineup and justify its higher price with a major update before the end of the year. Although Apple has not officially announced anything, there is a lot of buzz about new Pro models that appear on October 30th. Here's what we've heard so far.
Editor's Note, October 18: This post was originally released on March 21 and will continue to be updated with news and rumors about the 2018 iPad series.
Rumor: New iPad pros arrive on October 30
It's official. After thewe immediately thought: October. And now the company has sent out an invitation – – to a "special event" on October 30 in Brooklyn, New York.
There is a strong tradition of an October debut for new iPads: theand were unveiled in October 2014 at a combined Mac and iPad event , 19659033] Rumor: Apple Prepares Two New iPad Pros
Bloomberg reports that Apple is preparing two new tablets for the end of 2018 – one that measures "about 11 inches," which is the approximate equivalent ofand a 12.9-inch model. Earlier, the publication reported that Apple had worked on at least one new iPad Pro, the 10.5-inch model. Apple-ipad-pro-2017-047
Rumor: Apple Pencil 2.0
Apple has developed after 9to5Mac a new version of his pencil stylus. Like– and Apple's own – the new pen automatically detects the new iPad Pro when it's near, and you can easily switch between them supported Apple Equipment. However, we do not know if the new Pencil will work with older iPad models or if the older Apple Pencil will work with the new iPads.
Rumor: USB-C on board
Microsoft disappointed some when it releasedwithout a USB-C connection. But Apple is said to have added the popular connection to the new iPad Pro, according to 9to5Mac. In addition to powering some accessories, the USB-C port allows the new iPad Pros to output video to 4K external displays.
Rumor: Taking Design Elements of the iPhone X
Mac Otakara and 9to5Mac report that upcoming iPad pros will benefit from a comprehensive redesign and integrate some new features released on the first generation iPhone X last year , An iPad Battery Usage Icon in Apple'sbeta indicates that the upcoming models will look very different – with no home button, narrower bezels, rounded corners, and a larger display. And the rounded corners of the iPhone X can also be found on the next iPad Pro, according to 9to5Mac.com.
Rumor: Face ID is horizontal
There is no notch on these icons, but rumors suggest that the bezels on the new models can pick up the Face ID without a notch. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who has discovered many Apple products and features before the official announcement, says the iOS 12 beta version shows that future iPads will have Face ID – and that it can also unlock the device also in landscape mode which even the new 2018 iPhones can not do today. (Bloomberg has already reported on this.)
Rumor: Faster Charge
Troughton-Smith has found evidence that suggests the new iPad could have a USB-C connection . This corroborates an earlier prediction by Apple analyst will switch to an 18-watt USB-C power supply, as did earlier reports from DigiTimes.
The current Pro models currently support the 18-watt specification, which can reduce the charging time by 50 percent, but Apple today delivers it with a 10-12 watt adapter. If true, that would mean a dramatic shift for Apple, which has been using the Lightning connector since its launch in 2012 across its entire hardware lineup.
Do not expect any iPhone-style wireless charging. No one seriously expects the metallic backplane in the iPad to go away and more or less prevent inductive charging.
Rumor: 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Goes Away
Mac Otakara reports that the upcoming iPad Pro – at least the 10.5-inch model – will forego the traditional headphone jack in favor of the Apple Lightning connector. And there's a lot of momentum in that direction: when Apple announced the
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Likely: Performance bumps
Theis based on the A10 processor from 2016, only half a step behind the iPad Pros. they are running the A10X. But considering that the 2017 iPhones run the A11 and the new trio of 2018 iPhones the A12 Bionic, it only makes sense that newer iPad Pros have at least an A11 or A11X. Bloomberg suggested in November that the next iPads will have faster processors and GPUs, which have become a key component of almost every upgrade cycle.
Rumor: Presumably no OLED display
An iPhone X feature that will not appear on any iPad in 2018 is, according to Bloomberg, an OLED display. Not because Apple would not like to use them. It's that suppliers simply do not have the bandwidth to produce them in the size and cost in the numbers needed to tackle Apple's massive market. (That's the same reason why laptops with OLED screens are still very rare.)
Rumor: Peace Out, iPad Mini
is. Bloomberg reports that the Mini will not be refreshed this year – and we must ask ourselves if it will ever come.
Apart from a small capacity upgrade in June 2017, the current Mini 4 with its 7.9-inch screen has not been updated since its launch in 2015. But it's more expensive than the 9.7-inch iPad because Apple only sells a 128GB version. Sincedelivers significantly more – a larger screen, pencil support, and better performance – at a lower price, it's hard to imagine that there is still much demand for the Mini.
: Apple has not forgotten the iPad with iOS 12.
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