Now that the iPhone 8 has been released and the iPhone X has been revealed some Apple fans are wondering what is next for the iPad. Apple typically releases new features for its iPhone models before adapting them to their iPad lineup. For example, the iPhone 5s launched with Touch ID before the iPad Air 2. This year Apple has added several new features to its iPhone lineup making fans wonder what new features will come to the next-generation iPad. Here's a quick look at a few of the more popular iPhone X features that could be adapted to the iPad.
Water Proofing -- Apple's first waterproof device was the iPhone 7 but they have still yet to introduce this feature to the iPad. Apple has since released a new 9.7-inch iPad and 10.5-inch iPad Pro without any water resistant rating, perhaps because these larger devices are less likely to be taken out in the rain or near water. However, that doesn't mean the iPad is safe from accidental spills or other water damage and it would be a welcomed feature.
Odds: It is very likely that future iPad models will come with an IP67 waterproof rating like the iPhone. However, Apple will have to remove the headphone jack on the iPad, like it has done with the iPhone, to make it waterproof.
Wireless Charging -- Apple has added Qi wireless charging support to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X.
Odds: Apple needs something to breathe new life into its iPad lineup and wireless charging could be that feature, but wireless hasn't really made the jump to tablets yet. Apple also seems focused on its iPad Pro models, and they may be too large for most wireless charging pads. While it seems like a no-brainer to add wireless charging to all its mobile products, it is probably unlikely that any iPad models will ship with wireless charging capabilities in the near future.
Face ID: As I mentioned above, the iPhone was the first device to ship with Touch ID before it was implemented on the iPad, and now Face ID has replaced the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone X.
Odds: While it is safe to assume that Face ID will eventually come to the iPad, Apple's tablets are currently a few design features behind the iPhone. This means Face ID will probably be exclusive to Apple's high-end iPhone models for a few years before it is introduced to other iOS devices, including the iPad.
It is unknown at this time what Apple has planned for its iPad lineup, but an iPad X doesn't seem likely. Apple will probably continue with its iPad Pro lineup and slowly implement new features such as Face ID. Apple has extended its tablet release cycle and the iPhone still remains the company's number one product. While it is likely the iPad will eventually gain some of the major iPhone X features sometime in the future, it will probably always be a few steps behind the iPhone in technology.