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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29 Comments

1. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2203; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

These tablets are bound to be a hit!

19. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Indeed. Can hardly wait to pick one up!

2. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

I’m getting a new one, the ipad pro 11”. FaceID is my main selling point.

3. Vokilam

Posts: 1199; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Hope “new” pencil means cheaper pencil.

4. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Apple never sells “cheaper” things. Apple will justify hard to suck more money with every new product.

6. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

That’s business. If you can’t afford then buy other products. But if you are into apple, then you might wait after two years for apple to drop prices.

21. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Apple hans’t even dropped the price of their 6 year old Mac Pro.

9. Vokilam

Posts: 1199; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

iPads are cheaper and better every year. Last year I got a new iPad for $325, in 2012 I bought same size for $600 I think.

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1507; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

New stylus? Count me in! I really do not like mine - it's heavy, round, cheap plastic and suffers huge idle battery drain. If they fix at least one of the issues, I might but a new one. I don't care for the price, keep the 100$ for all I care, just make it better. Get on Wacom level of precision and comfort.

7. midan

Posts: 2884; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"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. " That sounds great, well done Apple

8. alligator

Posts: 99; Member since: Jan 09, 2016

The iPad looks like a giant lollipop when you attach the Pencil to the charging port. What a stupid idea from Apple. They can easily sell a dongle for only about $99 which can be attached to the iPad and will charge the Pencil. And they don't even like the notch as it won't be introduced in the new iPad as well. In the mean time they are the only one who sell tablets with increasing popularity. The tablet at home is used only by the kids and can't find the real value to have the latest one. Even a tablet from the past 2-3 years can work great with short movies and games.

10. midan

Posts: 2884; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"And they don't even like the notch as it won't be introduced in the new iPad as well." Why would they use notch? Tablet have to have thick bezels around so you can hold it in your hand without resting your thumb on the screen.

11. RoyalMike unregistered

You used to say the same about phones when other brands came with curved and bezel-less phones

14. midan

Posts: 2884; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

No i haven't said that, propably for curved because that's true

20. aegislash

Posts: 1495; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

"probably for curved because that's true" "probably" "that's true" So you're making a claim without actually using a curved screen device? Hmmmm

12. RoyalMike unregistered

You used to say the same about phones when other brands came with curved and bezel-less phones

16. midan

Posts: 2884; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Apple is only OEM who can sell tablets because their tablets are actually great value for the money, android companies gave up tablet markets a long time ago and google too. Everyone who i know and owns iPad still uses them daily, everyone who i know bought android tablet forget them years ago. Android tablets which you mentioned are good for kids to play games. People who really want to have great tablet experience buys iPad.

26. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I personally don't care about tablets, I'm a ultrabook kind of guy but I think it's a shame to only have a player in the tablet game.

13. whatev

Posts: 2267; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Ok Apple, release the thing already! I’ve been waiting for while

15. midan

Posts: 2884; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Me too, this is definately my next Apple product.

17. whatev

Posts: 2267; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Yes, same for me, iPads are a good investment for me, I spend some years with my iPads and I’m just waiting for the next best thing to upgrade

18. Be_Mine

Posts: 258; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

For a company who emphasise so much on the aesthetic of their products. It is a little strange that iMac devices still have those huge Bezels. They could at least reduce them to the size of their current MacBook Pros. And it is hardly even mentioned by any of the reviewers so far. But I'm pretty sure that they will be drolling over the new thinner sides, top and bottom, if Apple ever decided to reduce the huge Bezels.

22. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

I'm kind of surprised that Apple hasn't implemented USB-C by now for iPads, but I guess Lightning is more profitable...

23. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2203; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Can you imagine A12X putting up 5500 single core and 15000 multi in GB4 and 425,000 on Antutu

25. car-crazy-cookie

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 24, 2014

I still won't get one if they going to stick with iOS. Come on Apple, make Mac OS touchscreen compatable! It's 2018 already.

27. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I still don't understand why Apple did not implemented the magsafe in ios devices instead of lightning or USB-C.

28. japkoslav

Posts: 1507; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

You can buy lighting cable / USB-C cable with magsafe implementation.

29. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

From Apple, Without having a dogle, sticking out of my phone? Would be so kind to point me to this product, because I am too stupid to find it by myself :). Thanks!

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