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iPad Pro (2018) Still on the Horizon, iOS 12.1 Suggests

by Justin Herrick | September 19, 2018September 19, 2018 10:30 am PST

Just wait until later next month to purchase a new tablet. In the iOS 12.1 update rolling out this week, the iPad Pro (2018) gets mentioned several times.

The high-end tablet’s potential launch date even makes an appearance in the lines of code for Apple’s latest system-level upgrade. So it could be this fall that the iPad Pro gets overhauled with a new design and specifications. Now we playing the waiting game to see what actually occurs.

The iOS 12.1 update, according to 9to5Mac, includes a new identifier that reads “iPad2018Fall.” Apple didn’t announce new iPad Pro models during its most recent unveiling, and it’s not fall yet. With that said, it seems like the Cupertino-based company will make an announcement in October.

Apple is expected to introduce Face ID for this tablet. While that’s been limited to premium iPhone models so far, the TrueDepth camera system will sneak into an ultra-thin bezel on the high-end tablet. Once again, Face ID support for landscape orientation on an iPad was spotted in iOS 12.

If you have an iPhone X or iPhone XS, you’ll need to continue using Face ID in portrait orientation. The TrueDepth camera system doesn’t understand both because of how its cameras and sensors are aligned.

On the new iPad Pro, the Smart Connector might be relocated. Apple can’t place it horizontally because any accessory would go past the bezel and obstruct the display. The Smart Connector should be positioned on the vertical axis, possibly joined by a USB-C port.

The new iPad Pro, which could be offered in 10.5- and 12.9-inch varieties, will bolster a refreshed portfolio heading into the holidays. Along with it, Apple might roll out new Mac models as well. But, at the moment, you should expect to see the iPad Pro gain next-generation features this fall.

Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...

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