Next-gen Apple iPad Pro could feature a "Magnetic Connector," Face ID and new Apple Pencil (UPDATE)

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Later this month, we expect to see Apple unveil the next version of its high-end tablet, the iPad Pro. Almost a year ago to the day, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo forecast that the next version of the slate will feature the TrueDepth Camera. If he's correct, and he usually is, it means that you should expect to see Face ID employed on the next iPad Pro, working in both landscape and portrait mode.

While the tablet will probably not come with a notch, the display is edge-to-edge, and the front of the tablet will sport thinner bezels. Because of the lack of a notch, the top bezels will have to remain thick enough to contain the TrueDepth Camera.

UPDATE: The next iPad Pro is expected to be powered by an Apple A12X SoC, which will be more powerful than the A12 used on the 2018 iPhone lineup. The chipset will contain a more powerful GPU and has a codename of Vortex. The part number is T8027.

Speaking of the display, there could be two different screen-sizes available, with a Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + Cellular variant for each one. The model codes for the Wi-Fi units are said to be iPad8,1, iPad8,2, iPad8,5 and iPad8,6. The cellular-enabled slates will be iPad8,3, iPad8,4, iPad8,7 and iPad8,8.

The new Apple iPad Pro will support USB-C, allowing users to send 4K HDR video to external displays. And some familiar with the new version of the device are calling for a revised Apple Pencil to be available for it. The accessory will pair to the tablet by proximity; once you're within a certain distance of the tablet, the Apple Pencil will automatically sync with it. 

Lastly, the upcoming Apple iPad Pro could use a new Magnetic Connector to attach accessories to the slate. The connector would be found on the back of the tablet.

source: 9to5Mac

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