Following the release of the iPhone X, all eyes are on Apple and its plans to keep the ball rolling when it comes to its smartphone series. What many tend to forget is the fact that Apple’s tablet series is also in need of a revamp, and that is set to happen next year. Here are the rumored specs and features of the 2018 iPad Pro.
Apple introduced a new design language with the launch of the iPhone X, which has an edge-to-edge, almost bezel-less display. If Apple were to revamp its tablet line, it’s possible that the new iPad Pro — the direct successor to this year’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro — could take cues from the iPhone X. It’s either that, or the Cupertino giant could still come up with an iOS tablet with top and bottom bezels that are slimmer than the ones before. After all, iPads actually benefit from the bezels as they make the tablets easier to hold, as pointed out by iMore.
Bloomberg has also divulged that fans shouldn’t expect the upcoming 10.5-inch iPad Pro to feature an OLED screen. Earlier reports claimed that the launch of the first OLED iPhone this year could also mean that Apple is adopting the same display technology for the flagship tablet it is releasing in 2018.
This year’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro launched with Apple’s A10X Fusion chip. The 64-bit ARM-based SoC was built using Apple supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company’s (TSMC) FinFET 10nm process. Compared to the previous iPad’s A9X chip, the A10X is 30 percent faster. For the upcoming iPad Pro, iMore reports that Apple is likely to introduce the A11X Bionic chip, which is a variant of the A11 Bionic chip inside the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The A11X Bionic chip is rumored to come with a new image signal processor for photos, custom GPU for improved graphics performance and the neural engine block for machine learning.
When it comes to the features that are speculated to come to the 2018 lineup of iPads, some fans are hoping that USB-C could be one of them. Apple is well aware that its consumers want it to adopt the USB-C standard for its iDevices; however, it hasn’t shown any signs of caving in. In fact, instead of including USB-C to the 2016 lineup of its tablets, the company simply responded to the requests by releasing a Lightning to USB-C cable for the iPad Pro.
Considering that Apple thinks wireless connectivity is the future of tech devices, it’s possible that the 2018 10.5-inch iPad Pro could feature wireless charging. It launched the AirPods because it wants its consumers to enjoy a wireless audio streaming experience, and now it has introduced wireless charging to the iPhone X and iPhone 8 to get rid of the often messy setup of wired chargers.
Meanwhile, it’s quite impossible to not talk about the 3.5mm headphone jack when discussing about an upcoming product from Apple. The Cupertino giant made it clear when it introduced the iPhone 7 that the headphone jack is a dated technology and it ditched it for the very reason that Apple is the only company brave enough to make such a drastic and bold decision against an age-old technology.
Pricing for the upcoming iPad Pro isn’t known yet. For reference, the 2017 iteration starts at $649 for the 64GB model. On the other hand, the 256GB version and the 512GB variant cost $799 and $999, respectively. Apple could keep this pricing for the 2018 10.5 iPad Pro. As for the device’s release date, there really isn’t solid hint as to when Apple is planning to launch it.
Based on the previous releases, Apple may not be sticking to a specific timetable. The first-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro was launched in November 2015. Then, the company introduced the 9.7-inch iPad Pro in March 2016. In March of this year, the 9.7-inch iPad was released. June came and Apple grabbed the chance to introduce two more iPad Pro devices, namely: the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro. Therefore, it’s best to just wait for Apple’s update regarding the release date of the upcoming tablet.