Home » Rumors

Here’s everything we know about the 2018 iPad Pro so far

Over the last several weeks, rumors have been swirling around Apple’s iPad Pro models of 2018 or iPad Pro 3.

Today, we’re going to take a look at all of the different rumors, renders, leaks and more that have been shared regarding Apple’s next flagship.

Face ID

A refreshed series of 2018 iPad Pros released next year may allow for Face ID, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

However, Kuo predicts the feature will only show up in the iPad Pro, not the cheaper, smaller, consumer-grade tablets, as he has mentioned in below.

“We predict iOS devices to be equipped with TrueDepth Camera in 2018F will include iPhone X and 2018 new iPhone and iPad models. Because of this, we believe more developers will pay attention to TouchID fingerprint recognition related applications. We expect Apple’s (US) major promotion of facial recognition related applications will encourage the Android camp to also dedicate more resources to developing hardware and facial recognition applications.”

TrueDepth Camera

The device might inherit iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera with all its features including floodlighting which makes the face recognition work in the dark too. According to Engadget, the TrueDepth camera might be the reason behind including the feature in the iPad Pro and not the company’s other tablets since the hardware makes for a premium pricing.

A11X chipset Processor

The 2017 iPad Pro had the Apple A10X processor and the iPad Pro 2018 is expected to have an A11X processor. The A11X will gain from the iPhone X’s A11 processor and have a 10nm process, same as the Samsung Galaxy S8’s Snapdragon 835 processor. This process will make the tablet more efficient in terms of power and performance than the existing iPad Pro.

3D Touch

Apple has worked to differentiate the iPhone and iPad lineups in the last few years. The iPad has gained multitasking features that take advantage of greater real estate on the display. The iPhone has 3D Touch, which gives the user another way to manipulate the device by pressing the finger harder or lighter against the display. This is the type of feature that would seem a no-brainer for the iPad, but we have to remember that the new iPad Pro models already have a special display with extra sensors to support the Apple Pencil, so it isn’t exactly a matter of simply porting the iPhone display over to the iPad.

OLED displays

OLED is an incredible display technology that allows for thinner designs, higher brightness levels, and greater contrast. But every technology has bad points to go along with the good. One of the biggest for OLED remains supply.

Companies are already struggling to make enough OLED for iPhone X. Making enough for iPads as well will certainly be a challenge.

An iPad Pro X?

It’s quite possible we’ll see two radically different iPad Pro models with the 3rd generation. Apple could keep a version with a Home Button and Touch ID similar to its iPhone 8 and iPhone 8S release and a version with Face ID mimicking the iPhone X release.

Next 2018 Apple iPad Pro: Release date

  • New iPad Pros not expected until summer 2018
  • Could see refresh of 9.7-inch model in March 2018

The Apple iPad Pro 10.5 was announced at the company’s developer conference, WWDC, in June 2017, along with a spec-updated iPad Pro 12.9. It is therefore likely we won’t see the new iPad Pro models until around the same time in 2018.

Conclusion

There aren’t many rumours regarding the next iPad Pros as yet but expect them to pick up over the next few months.

At the moment, an educated guess would predict the succeeding iPad Pros appearing in Summer 2018 with FaceID on board. We will update this feature as soon as any rumours or leaks appear.