What next for the iPad Pro in 2018

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Fuzzball84, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. Fuzzball84 macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2015
    I have an iPad Pro 9.7 but wont be upgrading to the new iPad Pro 10.5

    I am looking forward to what comes next...

    Redesigned chassis (maybe a more continuous design where there is not a hard metal/glass boundary)

    Almost/or completely edge to edge OLED display

    Redesigned smart keyboard with backlit keys

    Redesigned pencil with no lightning port (maybe inductive charging and use the tip as an erasor or second pointing option)

    What are your thoughts?
  2. d5aqoëp macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2016
    Man the 120Hz OLED display will beat the crap out of whatever TrueTone Apple calls now.
    But I think OLED for iPad will come after 2-3 years.
  3. kfury77 macrumors regular


    Jan 9, 2007
    Osaka, Japan
    Bluetooth 5 would be the only obvious internal upgrade I'd expect to see in the next version of an iPad Pro.
  4. 0003462 Suspended

    Dec 17, 2013
    After seeing the 10.5 today, I still want:
    • Even slimmer bezels (even if only the side bezels get slimmer again)
    • Slightly thinner body
    • A little lighter
    • Higher DPI
  5. augustya macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2012
    Why won't there be a complete bezel free, edge to edge display to the iPad in the not vision ?
  6. bufffilm, Jun 13, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2017

    bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    If there is a refresh next year, it will be minor.

    - Apple giving us a better than 12W charger (hopefully)
    - perhaps force-touch

    That's it.

    If you want more, you will have to wait. As I said, it will be minor.
  7. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    in exile
    My thoughts... for what they're worth: (my theories, not predictions)
    • The 2nd gen 12.9 Pro will be the last... to be replaced by an 11.7 Pro.
    • A 7.9 Pro.
    • Smaller Apple Pencil to go with the 7.9 Pro.
    • An ultrathin "gutted" iPad that acts as a screen companion for an iPhone.
  8. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    Mostly because people still need to hold the device and you can’t grip it on both sides with one hand like you can with a phone.

    I’m sure Apple will surprise us with something we haven’t thought of, but some of the things we could see in the next iPad Pro are:
    • Reduced bezel size for the 12.9 (to match the appearance of the 10.5)
    • Lighter weight (slightly, every bit helps with this kind of device)
    • Even better display tech (incredible now, but who knows what’s next)
    • Better chargers (Not sure if wireless charging for iPad will be ready yet)
    • Bluetooth 5
    • Apple Pencil with side buttons added
    • Of course, either the A11X or A12X processor
    • IMHO, we won’t see a new upgrade until at least Fall 2018, perhaps Spring 2019
  9. Fuzzball84 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2015
    Maybe USBC and Lightning connectivity? There is more than enough space and it may be useful for Pro users to be able to attach a big storage device/additional screen while charging by lightning port?

    Who thinks the 3.5 inch jack will go?? I hope it doesnt as its one thing that makes me avoid upgrading my iphone 6s to a 7
  10. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016

    I see Apple retaining the 3.5 mm Jack on the iPad/MacBook line in the future. Mainly because these devices Are primarily stationary when are using them. (When you consider movies and other forms of media.)

    Aside from that, my future predictions with the iPad would be OLED, 3D Touch, eliminated hardware buttons (Perhaps replaced by some form if touch capacative controls), Iris scanning/facial recognition recognition capabilities.

    I think the Apple Pencil 2 will also debut along side the new iPads with longer duration uses, smaller, and expanded capabilities.
  11. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    A better FaceTime camera/video
    Ultra light weight
    400 DPI
    Battery can last for a week without charging.
    Get rid of 3.5 Audio port
  12. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    In fairness, this is more important for the 12.9 with its larger battery capacity and higher power consumption than on the 10.5. Slow charging is better for maintaining battery health.

    My wishlist for the Pro 10.5

    - 2732*2048, 326 PPI (to match Pro 12.9 resolution and iPad mini pixel density)
    - USB 3.0 transfer speeds via Lightning cable

    The current Pro 10.5 is already a very nice upgrade. For my usage though, 326 PPI would've tipped the scales making it an instant buy.

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