Apple iPad Pro 3: What We Want To See, Release Date, Price, Rumors
2018 is another busy year for Apple as it is expected to release new iPhones, MacBooks, and other devices. But for this article, we will be focusing on its iPad Pro 3 or iPad Pro 2018 alone. With that being said, here are the things that you need to know about the said device.
How Many iPads Are Coming?
According to reports, two variants are coming this year: a 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch, and both variants are said to have its bezel reduced. However, there will also be a few differences between the two.
For the smaller variant, well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that will keep the same size but extend the screen. What he meant that instead of featuring a 10.5-inch display, it will feature an 11-inch display.
On the other hand, for the larger variant, Kuo predicts that it will simply reduce its bezel size and will still sport the same screen size. With this, the overall size of the device will be decreased, making it more portable and easier to manage.
When Will It Be Released?
Given that the 2017 models were released back in June, many were also expecting that it would also be released on the same month for this year. However, as you may have already known, those devices were nowhere to be seen during that time.
This time, however, reports suggest that Apple could announce iPad Pro 3 in September or October. As for Kuo, he predicts that it will arrive in the second half of 2018, but didn’t mention any specific date.
The Price Tag
For the 11-inch model, it is expected to have its starting price at around $649. Meanwhile, for the 12.9-inch model, it will start at around $799.
Rumored Specs and Features
As indicated by reports, iPad Pro 3 will come with Face ID, no Home Button, all-screen display with iPhone notch, a second display, a new processor, and more.
First, let’s talk about the Face ID as it’s connected to the other features. If it’s true that this year’s lineup will have facial recognition support, it will be the first iPad Pros to have it. In addition to this, it also has support for landscape oriented Face ID recognition and multi-user Face ID support.
Next, it will feature a notch similar to the iPhone X. For this part, it’s a bit confusing because some reports say it will, some reports say no, while others are just neutral. As why it’s expected to come with a notch, it is because of the Face ID.
Another rumor suggests that at least one of the variants will ditch the Home Button and go for an edge-to-edge screen, replacing the Touch ID with Face ID.
Regarding its RAM, it is expected to feature the same amount compared to its 2017 models which are 4 GB of RAM. As for its processor, it is expected to be packed with a more powerful one compared to last year’s models.
A Second Display?
Last February, Patently Apple spotted a patent for a dual display MacBook or second generation iPad Pro. The patent was titled “Dual display equipment with enhanced visibility and suppressed reflections.”
On the patent, a figure was shown where two screens are supported by a hinge. The first display acts as the main display, while the second display acts as the keyboard.
Will this year’s upcoming iPads feature this? It’s hard to say because when it comes to patents, it could take years before it will be fully implemented as it will require more tests, research, and other things. Aside from that, there’s also the chance that it might not even be implemented.
What Fans Want To See
Fans have a few things that they want to see on this year’s models. These things are:
- Water Resistance – If iPhones are getting a water resistance feature, why can’t iPads? Let’s face it, even with all our carefulness, accidents may still happen like accidentally spilling your drinks on your device.
- Better Productivity – For this, we’re not exactly expecting that an iPad will be able to match a laptop in terms of productivity. But at least, give it something that’s close to that.
- Low Price – Sure, Apple isn’t known for its budget-friendly price, but we’re still wishing just in case.
- OLED Screen – If smartphones can feature OLED screens, why not iPads?
- Better Battery – The previous models could last up to 10 hours which is really cool, but we still want more.
- A New Look – Yeah, the previous models feature a slim, light and stylish design, but it’s more or less the same look that it has been rocking for years.
What are your thoughts and opinions about the reports and rumors listed in this article? Are you looking forward to the iPad Pro 3? Do you agree with the things that fans want to see? We would like to hear from you in the comment section below.