iPad Pro With Face ID Will 'Likely' Debut at WWDC 2018 in Early June

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Apple's rumored iPad Pro with Face ID will likely be released in the second quarter of 2018, according to Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang.

iPad Pro with Face ID mockups via Ben Geskin and Carlos Guerra

If accurate, the timeframe suggests Apple will unveil the new iPad Pro models at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which will likely take place June 4-8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Apple similarly unveiled its current iPad Pro lineup at WWDC last year.

Zhang expects the revamped iPad Pro to have slimmer bezels and no home button, in line with the iPhone X. The revamped design will likely be featured on both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, although his research note didn't specify.

Apple's plans to release an iPad Pro with Face ID were first revealed by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said the refresh would occur in 2018. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman was a bit more specific, noting the iPad Pro with Face ID would debut "a little more than a year" after the current models.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro and second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro launched in June 2017, so it's not entirely clear if "a little more than a year" meant WWDC 2018 or Apple's annual September event where it introduces new iPhones.

The new iPad Pro models will likely retain LCDs instead of OLED displays due to supply, cost, and technological constraints. It's unclear if the tablets will have a notch for the TrueDepth sensor housing, or if the device will have uniformly slim bezels on all four sides with enough room for the components.

A supply chain report out of China recently claimed the new iPad Pro models will be faster thanks to an octa-core A11X Bionic chip with three high-performance "Monsoon" cores and five energy-efficient "Mistral" cores.

There's no word on potential pricing yet, but the new iPad Pro lineup will likely cost more than the current 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models, which start at $649 and $799 respectively in the United States. Since the new models won't have OLED displays, however, the price increase might not be substantial. Apple is also rumored to release a new 9.7-inch iPad for $259 in March, while the fate of the iPad mini remains uncertain.

Zhang also believes Apple may be planning to unveil a (PRODUCT)RED iPhone in the near future. Based on Apple's past (PRODUCT)RED devices, which included a (PRODUCT)RED version of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, it makes sense that a red iPhone and iPhone 8 Plus could be in the works. There's also a possibility Apple could be planning to unveil a (PRODUCT)RED iPhone X, but Zhang's predictions have been a little unclear on this point.

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hajime

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Hearing this, how likely with the new iPad PRO 12.2 be released this Month?
 

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My iPad Air really needs to be upgraded; I have been holding out for either a complete redesign as pictured above or if the redesign does not happen, I have been holding out for the price drop of last years iPad pro when the new one is announced.

Can't wait to get my hands on a new one.
 

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Apple's rumored iPad Pro with Face ID will likely be released in the second quarter of 2018, according to Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang.


iPad Pro with Face ID mockups via Ben Geskin and Carlos Guerra

If accurate, the timeframe suggests Apple will unveil the new iPad Pro models at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which will likely take place June 4-8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Apple similarly unveiled its current iPad Pro lineup at WWDC last year.

Zhang expects the revamped iPad Pro to have slimmer bezels and no home button, in line with the iPhone X. The revamped design will likely be featured on both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, although his research note didn't specify.

Apple's plans to release an iPad Pro with Face ID were first revealed by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said the refresh would occur in 2018. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman was a bit more specific, noting the iPad Pro with Face ID would debut "a little more than a year" after the current models.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro and second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro launched in June 2017, so it's not entirely clear if "a little more than a year" meant WWDC 2018 or Apple's annual September event where it introduces new iPhones.

The new iPad Pro models will likely retain LCDs instead of OLED displays due to supply, cost, and technological constraints. It's unclear if the tablets will have a notch for the TrueDepth sensor housing, or if the device will have uniformly slim bezels on all four sides with enough room for the components.

A supply chain report out of China recently claimed the new iPad Pro models will be faster thanks to an octa-core A11X Bionic chip with three high-performance "Monsoon" cores and five energy-efficient "Mistral" cores.

There's no word on potential pricing yet, but the new iPad Pro lineup will likely cost more than the current 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models, which start at $649 and $799 respectively in the United States. Since the new models won't have OLED displays, however, the price increase might not be substantial.

Apple is also rumored to release a new 9.7-inch iPad for $259 in March, while the fate of the iPad mini remains uncertain.

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Notch or no notch I don’t care. Just give me no bezels.
 

brentsg

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Please, please, please continue to offer the iPad Pro without Face ID. I just want my home button and Touch ID.

I'm so glad that I have the last iPad Pro 512 to tide me over... indefinitely it appears.

FWIW I don't care how it looks. I use my iPad exclusively in portrait orientation, and I use the Touch ID VERY frequently to approve my kids' purchases. I won't be typing that password in every time again.
 
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Cosmosent

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Just like when Apple introduced an iPad (with Display P3 / Wide Color support) in March ? of 2016 (ahead of when they introduced the same feature in their iPhone 7 family, later that year in Sept), this iPad Pro with Face ID "could" be Apple's first with 10-bit color capture & display support !

We'll see ...
 
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Chupa Chupa

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The notch on my X doesn't bother me. I think it would on an iPad.

Does FaceID not work in landscape? I never heard anyone really talk about this and just assumed it didn’t work.
Unfortunately true. At least with the 1st gen in the X. Maybe Apple has "fixed" it for iPad. IMHO I think that is a must. I rarely hold my 12.9 in portrait. It's too top heavy that way. I'll look at it on a table in portrait, but when I hold it it's horizontal.

Guess people don't talk about FaceID not working in landscape because most people do usually hold their iPhone in portrait. The only time I view my iPhone in landscape is when I'm watching a video.
 

PatriotInvasion

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I don't mind the notch if it means super slim bezels which make it feel like you're holding just a display in your hands and nothing else. Minimalism at it's peak.

That said, I like the idea of slim, but symmetrical bezels all around mainly because it makes the iPad look less awkward in landscape orientation using a Smart Keyboard. I've owned 3 iPads and always ended up selling them in favor of a MacBook, but an iPad that looks like either mockup along with continued multitasking features for iOS and I may be sold to give it a try again.
 
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