iPad Pro May Receive Face ID, Edge to Edge Screen this Month
Apple’s iPad Pro devices were last updated in June 2017. History dictates the devices will be upgraded on an annual cycle. The 12.9″ model receive mostly a spec bump and the 10.5″ made a debut. This year, there are a few rumors swirling about an upgraded charger, questionable next steps for Touch ID, and new display technology.
iPad Pro Rumors
As October gets into swing, it is anticipated Apple will send out media invitations for an immanent event. Expect the event to be hosted no later than the third week of the month
If there were an obvious upgrade, the cancellation of Touch ID is almost certain. Last month, Apple unveiled the all new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. All three of these devices included Face ID, Apple’s biometric facial scanning technology, first deployed last year on the iPhone X. In the interim, iPad received an update in iOS 12 that mimics the gesture controls from the iPhone X lineup. You can manage and control iPad as if it does not have a Home button. The only reason you need to use the Home button, is if you utilize Touch ID for passwords.
Consequently, it is simple to assume, the next generation iPads, at least the iPad Pro variations, will come with Face ID. Currently, there is a debate about whether the Face ID will work in landscape mode, as it currently does not on the iPhone. Furthering the assumption it may not work in landscape mode, is the rumored relocation of the Smart Connector behind the Lightning port, instead of on the side.
Some rumors speculate the iPad Pro may move away from the Lightning charging and sync port. This is backed by often correct Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He believes the new iPad Pro devices will feature a USB-C type charging and syncing port instead of Lightning. This would bring the Pro device in line with other MacBook Pro devices, which currently use USB-C only ports. The only laptop Apple sells with a USB-A type port is the outdated MacBook Air. Another reason for the change could be a faster charging cable and power adapter.
Edge to Edge Screen
Taking design cues from the iPhone X and new Apple Watch Series 4, the new screen is expected to fit between smaller bezels. This means either the footprint will remain the same and a larger screen will be included or the same screen size will be included but with a smaller footprint.
This assumption is backed by coding found in the new iOS 12 beta, called J3xx affordance corners.png, which is a masking layer for on-screen content that rounds the edges to match a new screen.
Signs point to a new device within the next few weeks. This means, look out for Apple to send all new media event invitations within the coming days.