Apple unveiled new iPad Pros at its special press event in October 2018, but many tech sites have started speculating about their release date, specs and new features. Here are the rumours and the leaks from various news sources that have brought forward the new iPad pro features and specifications.
The new iPad Pro design
Apple tends to be conservative, design-wise, and after shrinking the bezels and removing the Home buttons it’s likely to keep things broadly the same for at least a couple of generations now. It’s possible Apple could try to make the Pro even slimmer by moving some of the screen tech from behind the display and into the bezels at the edge. Apple can add palm-rejection tech as much it likes as people will still dislike leaving sweaty hand and finger-marks on their screens. Also many assume that the 64GB storage tier may disappear and the new iPad Pro would have the new entry level of 128GB to roughly match the old 64GB tier.
Again would have few minor changes in specs and features when compared to 2018 iPad Pro that has A12X Bionic processor, Neural Engine, M12 coprocessor;64GB/256GB/512GB/1TB of storage, LED ‘Liquid Retina’ screen, True Tone, ProMotion, 12Mp rear-facing camera, f/1,8, flash, 4K video, slow-mo at 240fps, 7Mp front-facing camera, 1080p video, ‘Retina Flash’ feature, Portrait Mode, Animoji, Four-speaker audio, Face ID facial recognition, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, nano-Sim/eSIM, USB-C connector, no headphone port and 280.6mm x 214.9mm x 5.9mm; 631g/633g (Wi-Fi/cellular)
Expect an A13X processor with a moderate speed boost from today’s chips and you don’t expect the A14 chips until the autumn of 2020. The storage allocations look generous now but by the time product launches Apple may decide to drop the 64GB option as said above. For the cameras you can expect Apple to bring back the OIS feature mysteriously lost from the rear-facing camera in 2018 and you may get a megapixel bump at last.
When it comes to screens for the past three generations the larger model has stayed the same size (12.9in) while the lower tier has crept steadily upwards (9.7in, 10.5in, 11in). Apple will not offer any substantive design changes this time around and it would be a repeat of the iPad pro 12.9/11 pairing. With over a million apps designed to take advantage of the large Multi-Touch display, including next-generation apps like Photoshop CC on iPad the new iPad Pro will push what users can do on a computer further than ever before.
With support for the next generation of AR apps, a new world of AR experiences is possible on iPad, such as measuring the reflection on real-world objects, navigating buildings in 3D and exploring entire universes. Adobe’s Project Aero will enable creators to design experiences that take AR on iPad even further.
You can expect the next iPad Pro to arrive some time between spring and early summer in 2020. Many also expect the new iPad Pro models in autumn 2019. As for the price of the new iPad Pro, one can gauge similar price as of the last iPad Pro 12.9 models.