It's not a secret that the iPad has had some rough quarters in recent years, but the introduction of a more affordable 9.7-inch model in March has helped Apple's tablet regain growth this year. The new 9.7-inch iPad priced at $329 has been such a success that Apple is considering launching an even more inexpensive model in 2018, according to the DigiTimes.
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.
There have been a few signs that Apple has been working on an iPhone stylus. First an apparent slip by Tim Cook about using an Apple Pencil with an iPhone, and second three different patents filed for a smaller stylus and other Pencil technology. Today, the publication The Investor claims Apple is indeed designing a "digital pen" for release as early as 2019.
Three Urban Armor Gear folio cases for the rumored 10.5-inch iPad Pro have appeared in an alleged photo taken from the stock system of an unnamed "Apple Authorized Reseller," according to 9to5Mac. As you can see from the 9to5Mac image posted above, the UAG Folio case is already available for both the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad models. The image also lists three "UAG Metropolis Folio cases for iPad 10.5-inch" in various colors.
The Apple TV will be the first Apple product to receive a multi-user login option with the release of TVos 11, according to The Verifier. The site posted a mockup showing how multiple profiles would look on a user's television display. According to the unverified report, Apple TV owners running TVos 11 or later will be able to use their personal Apple IDs to access their own songs, iCloud photos and more. Allowing multiple profiles on the Apple TV makes sense since it is primarily a shared device, unlike an iPhone which is considered more of a personal product.
Next-generation iPad reports have been all over the map when it comes to an actual release date. One day after MacRumors reported that Apple is planning a late-March event for its iPad refresh, the DigiTimes claims the event has been moved to April. Citing supply chain sources, the Taiwanese site reported today that Apple will unveil its new iPad lineup in early April to "mark the inauguration" of its new headquarters in California.
Apple is planning to launch its next line of iPad models "later this month, most likely between Monday, March 20 and Friday, March 24," according to MacRumors. Citing a "reputable supply chain analyst," the Apple blog reports that the Cupertino company is also gearing up to announce a few other new products besides its new iPad models at the March event.
If you believe all the latest leaks and analyst predictions then Apple is gearing up to release at least 3 new iPad models sometime in the next few weeks. While most reports have indicated a March announcement, Steven Sande of Apple World Today believes Tim Cook and team are waiting until April 4th to launch their new iPad lineup.
Sande points to the current iPad Pro shipping times on apple.com as a sign that the iPad Pro 2 will be available on April 4th. Sande also notes that Apple may be waiting until their new spaceship headquarters in complete to hold their first major keynote of 2017. The new 175-acre campus called Apple Park is slated to open in early April.
The 10.5-inch iPad Apple is allegedly planning to release in May will ship with a higher resolution than the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro model, according to Rhoda Alexander, Director Tablets and PCs, at IHS Markit (via Forbes). The rumored tablet will sport a 2,224×1,668 display with 264 ppi. This gives it a higher resolution than the 9.7-inch iPad Pro but same pixel density.