Apple has this habit of revealing the device in cool ways. Just weeks ago, the iPhone X was unveiled after iPhone 8. The past iPad Pro 2017 that we all thought it is going to be iPad pro 2 was a rumour for long since the Jan. It was one of the biggest design changes we’ve seen from Apple in all of their iPhone devices over the years. Now we know that Apple is working on a new iPad Pro. It could be released as early as next year and incorporates a lot of the key features from the iPhone X; such as slimmer bezels, facial recognition, and the removal of the home button. You can see from the renders, the iPad Pro 3 envisioned by Benjamin Geskin features a much slimmer bezel than on the current iPad Pro device, and excludes the home button.
Until recently, Apple has kept the home button in place on their devices because it’s needed for the fingerprint ID. The home button is no longer required, now that they’re moving into facial recognition to replace the fingerprint ID. If these iPad Pro 3 renders are anything to go by, then the new iPad certainly looks good. The display looks so much bigger and more appealing without those bulky bezels on the top and bottom of the device.
These are not official images of the device. They’re simply how one guy has envisioned it. But, that guy has been pretty close with his concept designs for earlier models of the iPhone and iPad.
Sources with knowledge of Apple’s plans, who wish to remain unnamed due to the private nature of the company’s product development, have given insight into what we can expect from the upcoming iPad Pro 3.
Features of Apple iPad Pro 3 2018
Display and Design
Like with earlier iPhone and iPad designs, they tend to look very similar to each other. That’s probably going to be the case with the iPad Pro 3 – looking like a giant version of the iPhone X. We can expect to see slimmer bezels, possibly the ‘notch’ from the iPhone X, and removal of the iconic home button.
While an OLED display on the iPad Pro would be fantastic, it’s not likely to happen in time for the unveiling. Right now, Samsung Display Co. is the only supplier of OLED screens who have the capacity to supply Apple with the amount they need. Considering how long it would take to get OLED production started, it’s not likely they would be ready in time for 2018.
Face ID and Animoji
As this new device is going to be featuring a lot of the things we saw with the iPhone X, it makes sense that the home button will be removed, and Touch ID will be replaced with Face ID.
CPU and Processing
If Apple follows in their earlier footprints, the new device will likely boast a more powerful processor, as well as one of their own GPU units – possibly the AX11. This would bring the iPad Pro’s performance more in-line with their desktop solutions. While this is just speculation at this point, it’s realistic to expect an Apple A11 CPU and possibly even water resistant.
With the details now available, it seems that the new iPad Pro will launch sometime in 2018. Probably around September time. There are also rumors that Apple is working on a second-generation Apple Pencil, which would probably launch along the iPad Pro 3.
Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that Apple will introduce wireless charging to the iPad Pro in the upcoming release. Apple’s recent acquisitions hint that they are working on a powerful new wireless charging protocol which is more suited for larger devices like the iPad and the MacBook. This new protocol would allow you to charge your devices from a distance, and not placing them on a charging mat like you do with the iPhone or Apple Watch.
While that technology sounds amazing (imagine being able to plug in a charger to your wall socket, and your laptop and iPad Pro would start charging automatically in the same room), it’s unrealistic to think that will be ready in time for a 2018 launch of the iPad Pro 3.
There’s no solid sign of the price of the iPad Pro 3. However, judging by the pricing on earlier releases and the technology onboard, it’s likely the new iPad will be priced around $125 – $175 more than the current 10.5 inch iPad Pro.