New Report Claims Apple Will Unveil Refreshed iPad Pro Models at WWDC 2018

iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard

A new report originating from China claims that Apple is working on a new iPad Pro that will be unveiled at WWDC 2018. As per the new report, the new iPad Pro will feature an 11-inch display, though that’s certainly unlikely given Apple’s current lineup.

Apple had last year unveiled the 10.5-inch iPad Pro with thinner bezels. The company will likely build on that this year and unveil it without a home button and Face ID. The usual upgrades like a more powerful A11X Bionic processor and an improved display are also going to be on the cards. The upgraded A11X Bionic processor will feature eight cores for even superior performance. Apple will continue to source display panels from LG Display for the updated iPad.

Alongside the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, Apple will also unveil a refreshed 12.9-inch iPad Pro with faster internals. It is unclear if it will sport smaller bezels and Face ID or not. Citing analyst Jun Zhang from Rosenblatt Securities, the new iPad will enter into mass production from later this month, with its unveiling due at the end of second quarter.

The report claims that Apple will not unveil any new iPhone SE model in the first half of this year. This is in line with claims from reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who has claimed that contrary to rumors, Apple will not be unveiling a refreshed iPhone SE this year. This is because the Cupertino company plans on launching three new iPhones later in the year, and it does not have enough resources to work on a refreshed iPhone SE variant this year.

Our Take

Apple could possibly extend the display size on the 10.5-inch iPad Pro to 11-inch if it ditches the home button on it. Then, similar to the iPhone X, one would have to use gestures to navigate on the new iPad Pro. However, whether the company takes a similar approach with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro is something that remains to be seen. From what rumors point to, it looks like Face ID and the missing home button are going to a part of only the smaller iPad Pro.

[Via Economic Daily News]

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