It’s been over a year since Apple introduced a new iPad Pro model—back in June 5, 2017, when the 10.5-inch iPad was released. Scratch that: the company did introduce a 9.7-inch iPad aimed at educators earlier this year, but that device lacked many of the iPad Pro’s best technology, including the ProMotion display, stereo speaker arrangement, and Smart Connector for accessories.
To be clear, the iPad Pro (any size and configuration) is still a good buy right now. Apple’s more capable tablet is plenty fast and an impressive tool for drawing and creating content. But you should hold off on buying one—at least for the time being. With the busy holiday period right around the corner, Apple is reportedly gearing up to introduce a redesigned iPad Pro—and it could make its debut as early as this month.
According to reports, the new iPad Pro could feature some significant upgrades, including a major redesign that will see Apple minimize the device’s bezels and include Face ID. If true, it will signal yet another turning point in Apple’s quest to move to Face ID, ditching Touch ID in the majority of its projects.
The good news is even though Face ID will be present, the new iPad Pro won’t feature a notch, something that has pervaded through the smartphone industry in 2018. The bezels will be slim, but they’ll be thick enough for Apple to hide the TrueDepth camera.
As an upgrade, Face ID is said to work in both landscape and portrait orientations, something the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are unable to do.
Surprisingly, Apple is said to be turning to USB-C for the next iPad Pro, allowing users to connect to an external display and output 4K HDR video. That’s a big jump for Apple and makes the iPad Pro into more of a premium device for pros—and finally signals Apple is ready to move over to USB-C full time.
There have been fewer reports about how the overall construction of the device might change, but concepts show an all aluminum device with flat edges, almost like a really large iPhone 5.
Apple is also expected to introduce a revamped Apple Pencil that will use proximity to connect to the new iPad Pro, similar to AirPods. Hopefully, Apple will introduce a more elegant method for charging the premium stylus, rather than forcing users to stick it in the iPad’s charging port.
All of these features round out to make what could be the most powerful iPad Pro Apple has ever made. Add in the A12 Bionic chip and the productivity features of iOS 12, and you have a very attractive device. We’re not sure what else Apple has planned for the new iPad Pro, but it already sounds like a major upgrade over existing models.
Apple has yet to send out event invites for an iPad Pro event, but those should hit any day now. Until that happens, you should think twice about purchasing an iPad Pro—at least until the new models are announced.