Apple’s iPhone XS event last month was almost everything that we’ve expected except for one thing. Well, two if you count the still MIA AirPower wireless charging pad. The anticipated new iPad Pros were nowhere to be seen, disappointing some fans of the larger iOS device. Fret not, however, since Apple will reportedly have an event this month dedicated especially for its professional slates and it could very well be the biggest change the iPad Pro line has seen since the very first iPad Pro.
And it’s not just because of the removal of the home button with Touch ID but, yes, that’s definitely a ,factor. The 2018 iPad Pros will use Face ID but, hopefully, one that can be used in almost any orientation except upside-down. If it’s purely a software trick, hopefully that feature will also land on iPhones.
The new iPad Pros will be the first iOS devices to use USB-C, seemingly ringing the death knell for Apple’s Lightning connector. It will be able to support external 4K HDR displays and will have a new section in Settings to control brightness, HDR, resolution, etc.
The new Apple Pencil for the new iPad Pro will also see an evolution. It will allegedly pair with the iPad Pro using proximity rather than having to plug it into the charging port. While it’s still unknown if the original Apple Pencil will work on the new iPad Pros, there might be a problem mixing and matching given the new USB-C port.
9to5Mac’s sources says there will be a total of 8 new iPad Pro variations. Both 12.9 and 10.5-inch models will have two Wi-Fi and two LTE variants each. The 2018 iPad Pros will also sport a new magnetic connector for keyboards and accessories, though it remains to be seen if accessory makers will finally jump on that unlike with the existing Smart Connector.