Apple May Launching Redesigned iPad Pro Next Year, Equipped With Face ID And An Updated Apple Pencil

Bloomberg today rolls out new report that details what to expect from next year's iPad Pros next year. It reports Apple is working on a new high-end 2018 iPad that will adopt many of the design elements from the revamped iPhone X, and predicted that Face ID and no Home Button will come to the iPad Pro lineup in 2018.

We are expecting it will feature slimmer edges, a faster processor (A11X), a custom Apple-built GPU, and built-in support for Face ID, allowing it to be unlocked with a facial scan much like the iPhone X. Since it will featuring Face ID, there's no need for a Touch ID Home button. A new version of Apple Pencil and new "software tools" are also said to be in the development.

By removing the home button, Apple plans to noticeably reduce the size of the edges on the top and bottom of the device for the first time since its introduction in 2010, bringing the design closer to that of the recently released flagship iPhone X. The new version will mark the first revamped look for the iPad since the first iPad Pro debuted in 2015.

The report also suggest that it is not likely we’ll see iPads switch to OLED displays next year. iPhone X features a 5.8-inch OLED display, but the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro screens are larger and could include features like ProMotion or Apple Pencil support that aren’t on iPhones. OLED definitely a pricier component due largely to supply as well so cost is a major factor.

According to the publication, the revamped iPad is expected to be released "a little more than a year" after the prior iPad Pro update, suggesting it could see a launch sometime around September. Apple refreshed its iPad Pro lineup in June of 2017 at the WWDC, brought True Tone display technology to the iPad family.

Via MacRumors And 9to5Mac, Image Credit NDTV Gadgets And Gigazine

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