The iPad Pro series will likely undergo more significant changes this year in terms of both hardware and software.
Apple is reportedly planning to release an 11-inch model that would take the spot of an existing model, according to Economic Daily News. It would allow the company to ditch the 10.5-inch model and pair the newbie with the 12.9-inch model as potential laptop replacements. The report also lays out potential features launching with the new iPad Pro.
With the new model, the company might be able to keep the same size as the 10.5-inch model expected to be retired. Apple would shrink the bezels surrounding the display to maintain the same footprint while also increasing screen’s measurements.
Coming over from the iPhone X would be Face ID, Apple’s proprietary facial recognition technology, as well as the A11X Bionic processor.
The iPad Pro 11 and upgraded iPad Pro 12.9 should come at WWDC 2018, Apple’s annual developer conference. Nothing has been scheduled at this time; however, the event usually takes place in May or June. Along with the latest versions of its various operating systems, Apple often introduces us to new hardware. So it would be no surprise seeing the iPad Pro and new MacBooks go official then.
What we probably won’t see at the developer conference is the iPhone SE 2. For months we’ve heard that a successor to the iPhone SE is in development, but KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently said the product simply isn’t ready yet.
Any new iPhone models planned for 2018 will launch in the second half of the year, and none are believed to be an upgraded iPhone SE. Based on previous reports, Apple appears focused on making a trio of high-end models. Until then, the company wants to improve its tablets and software across all devices.