Apple launched three new iPads in 2017, in 9.7in, 10.5in and 12.9in sizes, and has already announced a new 9.7in iPad for 2018. (We discuss their respective merits in our iPad buying guide.) But our thoughts are already turning to the next generation of iPad Pro, and if the reports are to be believed it could launch at WWDC this summer.
In this article we gather the rumours about the new iPad Pros we'll see in 2018, covering their specs, features, pricing and release date.
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The most recent iPad Pro models were announced at WWDC 2017 on 5 June 2017. It's reasonable to expect that Apple will make announcements relating to the third generation of iPad Pro at WWDC 2018 (confirmed for 4 June). In fact, Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang told investors in March 2018 that he thinks Apple will unveil a new full-screen iPad Pro with Face ID in June 2018, reports Apple Insider.
Sources quoted by Bloomberg in November 2017 predicted, that new iPads with Face ID would be released "a little more than a year after the last major iPad Pro upgrade" indicating that WWDC would likely provide the platform for launch.
The 10.5in iPad Pro starts at £619 for the 64GB with Wi-Fi model and £749 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model; while the 12.9in iPad Pro starts at £769 for the 64GB Wi-Fi model and £899 for the 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model.
Apple bumped up the prices in the UK as the pound weakened following the Brexit referendum result, and we fear that prices may rise again - if the pound continues to struggle, or if Apple decides to bring in an iPhone X-esque edge-to-edge screen, or both.
With the release of the iPhone X at the end of 2017, it is looking likely that the iPad Pro design will take inspiration from that phone - so you can expect to see the famous Notch, and no more home button. But what else is likely to change in terms of design?
All-screen display with iPhone notch
Apple is expected to bring across some of the design changes from the iPhone X to the iPad lineup in 2018.
Bloomberg's sources back in November 2017 expected "at least one" new iPad model to ditch the Home button and go for an edge-to-edge screen, replacing Touch ID with Face ID.
The sources didn't expect this screen to be OLED, however. They don't say why not, but after the production difficulties (and supply shortages) that the iPhone X's OLED screen seemingly caused, the company may be shy of going all-in on the technology just yet.
Back in October 2017, KGI Securities analyst Mini-Chi Kuo predicted that the new iPad Pro would include the TrueDepth Camera for Animoji and Face ID.
It seems that by removing the home button and slimming down the bezels the new iPad Pro model will enable Apple to push the screen size of the 10.5in model closer to 11in, alternatively, it may keep it the same size while shrinking the chassis.
Indeed, a Chinese report claims that an 11in iPad Pro is on the way, along with the 12.9in version.
That suggests that the larger 12.9in iPad Pro would be no larger than it is currently - but it may be the case that Apple is able to make the dimensions of that model smaller while still accommodating the larger screen.
In Feb 2018 Apple was granted a patent, spotted by Patently Apple, for "Dual display equipment with enhanced visibility and suppressed reflections". That's quite a mouthful, but if you check out the details it reads a lot like a second display for an iPad or Mac - one that would be used for a software keyboard.