Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference is only a few weeks away, and that means the first glimpse at iOS 12 is right around the corner. Tim Cook and team will take the stage at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, CA on June 4th. WWDC is all about the future of Apple's operating systems and software applications that power its popular hardware like the iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, HomePod and more. Cook is expected to cover the major upgrades coming to iOS, macOS, tvOS, watchOS and the HomPod at the WWDC keynote. Apple is also expected to announce its new iPad Pro models and possibly second-generation iPhone SE at the event. Don't expect any news on a new Mac Pro, Apple has already confirmedthat the new model isn't coming until 2019. Here's what the rumor mill thinks will be presented at WWDC 2018:
Rosenblatt analyst, Jun Zhang (via Barron's), is the latest to jump on the iPad Pro/Face ID rumors, started by Bloomberg last year. According to Zhang, Apple is planning to launch a new iPad Pro with a slimmer bezel and Face ID in the June-ending quarter. If true, this would mean the end of the Home button for future iPad Pro models.
Apple today released two new commercials featuring the augmented reality and note taking capabilities of the iPad Pro. The first commercial features an iPad Pro user redesigning an outdoor seating area using AR. The YouTube description reads:
"With iPad Pro + iOS 11, you can use augmented reality to literally transform the world around you. Your next computer might not be a computer.".
The second ad includes the same person using the Apple Pencil and GoodNotes 4 to complete a school project on their device.
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Bloomberg has published a report claiming that the next-generation iPad Pro models will ship with Face ID in 2018. Face ID was introduced on the iPhone X which began shipping earlier this month.
Citing "people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg notes "at least one new iPad model with a screen size similar to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is planned to include Face ID." Face ID would replace the physical Home button and Touch ID on the new iPad models. Apple's facial recognition feature is used like Touch ID to unlock a user's device and for approving payments using Apple Pay.
Last week we predicted that Apple probably will not implement many iPhone X features to the iPad in 2018. Instead we said that the next-generation iPad will most likely gain an IP67 waterproof rating and lose its headphone jack like the current iPhone models. However, trusted KGI Securities' analyst Ming-Chi Kuo doesn't agree with us.
In an investor's note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said Apple will add TrueDepth cameras and Face ID to all iPhone and iPad Pro models released in 2018.
Apple raised the prices of its 256GB and 512GB iPad Pro models after its iPhone X keynote on September 12th. Both the 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models are now $50 more than their original launch price. The 256GB WiFi-only 10.5-inch model is now available through apple.com for $799 and the 512GB model now retails for $999. The 12.9-inch model prices have been increased to $799 for the 64GB model, $949 for the 256GB model, and $1149 for the 512GB model.
Best Buy today has kicked off early access to its Black Friday in July sale for My Best Buy members only. Members can take advantage of all the Black Friday deals, including discounts on older iPad Pro models, MacBooks and Beats accessories.
Several 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models have been discounted up to $200. All capacities, including 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB, and colors are available. For example, a 32GB Wifi-only 9.7-inch model in Gold is available for $399, compared to the normal price of $599. Members can also save up to $125 on select iPad mini models.
Best Buy is offering up to $150 off the 9.7-inch iPad Pro in multiple configurations. The discount makes most models only around $100 more than the current 9.7-inch iPad model. Hit the links below to take advantage of the Best Buy deal before all models sell out.
As expected, Apple on Monday announced its next-generation iPad Pro at WWDC 2017 in San Jose, California. The new 10.5-inch slate replaces the previous 9.7-inch model with a faster and more powerful tablet without drastically altering weight or form factor. The 10.5-inch model offers almost the same physical dimensions as its predecessor since it shaves off the side bezels. This means the new iPad Pro is almost all screen offering users more real estate with a full-size on-screen keyboard.