iPad Pro With Face ID Will 'Likely' Debut at WWDC 2018 in Early June

Apple's rumored iPad Pro with Face ID will likely be released in the second quarter of 2018, according to Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang.

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iPad Pro with Face ID mockups via Ben Geskin and Carlos Guerra

If accurate, the timeframe suggests Apple will unveil the new iPad Pro models at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which will likely take place June 4-8 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Apple similarly unveiled its current iPad Pro lineup at WWDC last year.

Zhang expects the revamped iPad Pro to have slimmer bezels and no home button, in line with the iPhone X. The revamped design will likely be featured on both the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, although his research note didn't specify.

Apple's plans to release an iPad Pro with Face ID were first revealed by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said the refresh would occur in 2018. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman was a bit more specific, noting the iPad Pro with Face ID would debut "a little more than a year" after the current models.

The 10.5-inch iPad Pro and second-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro launched in June 2017, so it's not entirely clear if "a little more than a year" meant WWDC 2018 or Apple's annual September event where it introduces new iPhones.

The new iPad Pro models will likely retain LCDs instead of OLED displays due to supply, cost, and technological constraints. It's unclear if the tablets will have a notch for the TrueDepth sensor housing, or if the device will have uniformly slim bezels on all four sides with enough room for the components.

A supply chain report out of China recently claimed the new iPad Pro models will be faster thanks to an octa-core A11X Bionic chip with three high-performance "Monsoon" cores and five energy-efficient "Mistral" cores.

There's no word on potential pricing yet, but the new iPad Pro lineup will likely cost more than the current 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models, which start at $649 and $799 respectively in the United States. Since the new models won't have OLED displays, however, the price increase might not be substantial. Apple is also rumored to release a new 9.7-inch iPad for $259 in March, while the fate of the iPad mini remains uncertain.

Zhang also believes Apple may be planning to unveil a (PRODUCT)RED iPhone in the near future. Based on Apple's past (PRODUCT)RED devices, which included a (PRODUCT)RED version of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, it makes sense that a red iPhone and iPhone 8 Plus could be in the works. There's also a possibility Apple could be planning to unveil a (PRODUCT)RED iPhone X, but Zhang's predictions have been a little unclear on this point.

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Top Rated Comments

PastaPrimav Avatar
82 months ago
1. Notch isn't necessary to accomplish this on iPad, that should be common sense. But getting it working in landscape is.

2. Where are the March products?
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BMcCoy Avatar
82 months ago
Glad I picked up a current gen iPad Pro 10.5 recently..
It might be the last iPad to have TouchID. I'm not yet convinced FaceID is better/faster/easier, so pleased that I have TouchID iPad.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NukeDuke Avatar
82 months ago
Notch or no notch I don’t care. Just give me no bezels.
I'm not sure that no bezels is ideal on the larger iPads. it will make holding the device quite tricky with your hands touching the side of the screen etc....

But for me the bezels on the current gen iPad Pro 12.9 is fine
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
T'hain Esh Kelch Avatar
82 months ago
When it comes to the iPad, I'd prefer a bezel so I have something to hold on to. I handle my iPad very differently from an iPhone.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Scottsoapbox Avatar
82 months ago
I'm less concerned about an iPad notch as my hand will cover it and part of the added screen in that mockup. Tablets need some bezel. :rolleyes:
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
brentsg Avatar
82 months ago
Please, please, please continue to offer the iPad Pro without Face ID. I just want my home button and Touch ID.

I'm so glad that I have the last iPad Pro 512 to tide me over... indefinitely it appears.

FWIW I don't care how it looks. I use my iPad exclusively in portrait orientation, and I use the Touch ID VERY frequently to approve my kids' purchases. I won't be typing that password in every time again.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)