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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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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  2. rtr1985 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2012
  3. PastaPrimav macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2017
    1. Notch isn't necessary to accomplish this on iPad, that should be common sense. But getting it working in landscape is.

    2. Where are the March products?
  4. hajime macrumors 603

    Jul 23, 2007
    Hearing this, how likely with the new iPad PRO 12.2 be released this Month?
  5. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
    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.
  6. TMRJIJ macrumors 68040


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    Does FaceID not work in landscape? I never heard anyone really talk about this and just assumed it didn’t work.
  7. BMcCoy macrumors 68000


    Jun 24, 2010
    Glad I picked up a current gen iPad Pro 10.5 recently..
    It might be the last iPad to have TouchID. I'm not yet convinced FaceID is better/faster/easier, so pleased that I have TouchID iPad.
  8. acblue94 macrumors regular


    Jul 26, 2011
    New York, NY.
    Notch or no notch I don’t care. Just give me no bezels.
  9. NukeDuke macrumors member

    Apr 6, 2017
    wow, the notch looks incredibly bad on the larger form factor. Not a good move by Apple in my opinion.
  10. brentsg, Mar 7, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2018

    brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    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.
  11. NukeDuke macrumors member

    Apr 6, 2017
    I'm not sure that no bezels is ideal on the larger iPads. it will make holding the device quite tricky with your hands touching the side of the screen etc....

    But for me the bezels on the current gen iPad Pro 12.9 is fine
  12. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    I'd imagine the rear cameras will also be updated, so that mock-up could be a little off.

    The rest of the no notch mock up looks nice though.
  13. thisismyusername macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2015
    That "Notch" mockup seems pretty bad to me. Not because of the notch but because the bezels are too small. It'll make it hard to hold without inadvertently touching the screen.

    Bezels are not a bad thing when it comes to devices this big.
  14. triangletechie macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2017
  15. Cosmosent macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2016
    La Jolla, CA
    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 ...
  16. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    The notch on my X doesn't bother me. I think it would on an iPad.

    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.
  17. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Ah, now this is news I can get behind. I am looking forward to this update. No more large bezels and pointless home button.
  18. rikscha macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2010
    Doesnt work in landscape, on iPad it would obviously work
  19. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    When it comes to the iPad, I'd prefer a bezel so I have something to hold on to. I handle my iPad very differently from an iPhone.
  20. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    iPad will never have a notch. Totally unnecessary.
  21. hajime, Mar 7, 2018
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2018

    hajime macrumors 603

    Jul 23, 2007
  22. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    I wholeheartedly agree, but then again, I didn't think the iPhone would either. : /
  23. SigEp265 macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2011
    Southern California
    I just can't picture apple adding the notch to the iPad ... But again I didn't think they would add it to the iPhone either. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  24. PatriotInvasion macrumors 68000


    Jul 18, 2010
    Boston, MA
    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.
  25. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2014
    I'm less concerned about an iPad notch as my hand will cover it and part of the added screen in that mockup. Tablets need some bezel. :rolleyes:

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