Earlier today, Apple got around to releasing the first beta of iOS 12.1 to developers. The beta release comes just a day after the company released the first build of iOS 12 to the public. Despite only containing Group FaceTime and no other major changes, the beta release was a hefty one in terms of size.
Well, turns out apart from confirming landscape support for Face ID, iOS 12.1 beta all but confirms that Apple plans to unveil its 2018 iPad Pro next month. There’s a new identifier for “2018 fall” iPad in the Setup process that’s new as a part of the iOS 12.1 beta.
Digging into assets used by the Setup app, which is the app that runs when you set up a new device, we found a new identifier for a “2018 fall” iPad. The previous version of the app only included identifiers for the 2018 iPhones. This means the app is being updated to teach users how to use the new gestures on a new model of iPad to be released this fall.
Apple is definitely working on a refreshed iPad Pro lineup which it plans to launch this year. The new iPad Pro lineup will feature thinner bezels, faster internals with more RAM, and completely do away with the home button and the 3.5mm headphone jack. The Touch ID button duties will be taken over by Face ID which will be updated to work in landscape orientation as well.
Reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also claimed that the 2018 iPad Pro lineup will come with a USB-C connector and an 18W fast charger. This has not been confirmed from any other source so far, but if true, it could really give the whole USB-C ecosystem a huge boost in terms of adoption and accessory development.
Are you looking forward to Apple’s upcoming iPad Pro lineup with Face ID?