The rumored iPad Pro with a display notch as well as Face ID will likely be released in the Q2 of 2018, according to this report.
If accurate, as what the Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang claims, the timeframe suggests Apple will unveil the new iPad Pro models at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which will likely take place June 4-8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Apple already unveiled its current iPad Pro lineup at WWDC last year.
Here’s what the analyst expects, the revamped iPad Pro to have slimmer bezels and no Home button, in line with the iPhone X aesthetics. The revamped design will also likely be featured on both the 10.5 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro devices.
Previously, it was also speculated and predicted that Apple planning to release an iPad Pro with Face ID, first revealed by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, also said the refresh models would occur in 2018. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman was a bit more conscious about its specifications, noting the iPad Pro with Face ID would debut “a little more than a year” early after the current models.
However, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro launched in June 2017, so it’s possible not entirely clear if “a little more than a year” meant WWDC 2018 or Apple’s annual September event where it introduces new iPhones.
The new iPad Pro models will likely retain LCDs instead of OLED displays due to supply, cost, and technological constraints. It’s unclear whether the tablets will have a notch for the TrueDepth sensor housing, or if the device will have uniformly slim bezels on all four sides with enough room for the components.
Then a supply chain report surfaced of China recently claimed the new iPad Pro models will most probably be faster thanks to an octa-core A11X Bionic chip with three high-performance “Monsoon” cores and five energy-efficient “Mistral” cores.
There’s still no official word on potential pricing yet, but the new iPad Pro lineup will likely cost more than the current 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch offering, which actually starts at $649 and $799 respectively in the United States. Since the new models won’t have OLED panels, the price increase might not be substantial. Apple is also rumored to release a new 9.7-inch iPad for $256 in March, while the fate of the iPad mini remains uncertain.
In fact, Zhang also believes Apple may be planning to unveil a (PRODUCT)RED iPhone in the near future. Based on Apple’s past (PRODUCT)RED devices, which include a version of iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. It makes sense that a (PRODUCT)RED iPhone and iPhone 8 Plus could be in the works. There’s also possibility Apple could be planning to unveil a (PRODUCT)RED iPhone X, but the analyst’s prediction has been a little unclear on this point. Stay tuned for more!
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