Apple is expected to announce an update to its iPad Pro lineup with newer models featuring Face ID biometric authentication and almost bezel-free displays, later this month. According to the latest speculations, the redesigned devices might also be equipped with a new “Magnetic Connector.” A next-generation Apple Pencil that connects when in close proximity to an iPad is also rumored.
9to5Mac, reports the devices will ditch the home button in favor of Face ID. The bigger tablets will combine Apple’s TrueDepth camera system in its bezel instead of carrying over the “notch” aesthetic which was introduced with iPhone X.
The new tablets will apparently be supporting 4K HDR output to TVs and external monitors over an integrated USB-C port. A new panel in the Settings menu will provide control over brightness, resolution and HDR options, the report says. Previous rumors have also suggested that Apple intends to replace Lightning with USB-C as it aims to support higher bandwidth applications.
Another new speculation from the report claims that Apple is not only looking to update its Smart Connector to what they call a “Magnetic Connector,” but will also relocate the port to the back of the iPad. The new connector will apparently support new accessories beyond the regular keyboard, though the report didn’t mention what other additions are expected.
Reliable sources confirmed this year’s model identifiers as “iPad8,1,” “iPad8,2,” “iPad8,5” and “iPad8,6” for Wi-Fi only and “iPad8,1,” “iPad8,4,” “iPad8,7” and “iPad8,8” for cellular-enabled versions. There could possibly be two different screen-sizes available for the display, with a Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi +
We can also look forward to another Apple release in the pipeline. As it seems we’re being teased by Apple with a new pair of AirPods. A second generation true wireless earbuds are rumored to be in the works, with a longer battery life, hands-free ‘Hey Siri” option, and water resistance after a video surfaced in September.
A Bloomberg report suggests that the second-gen 2018 AirPods will be equipped with an upgraded wireless chip and allow the user to summon Siri just by saying ‘Hey Siri’, other feature details have been scarce.
Apple is a pioneer when it comes to biometric sensors, implementing a bunch of health and security features like a heart-rate monitor, Face ID and Touch ID into their Apple Watch and the iPhone, so this one should be no exception.
The AirPods cancel external noise when listening to music, but enable it to pass through when it detects that you’re running. This proved to be more efficient than existing methods of noise cancellation, which normally involve mixing in an ambient sound from the external microphones.
It is expected that Apple will announce the new update of iPad Pro models at a special launch event later this month.