Apple iPad has not seen major changes for years. Apple mainly focuses on internal upgrades, meaning that the design remains the same. Last year, Apple announced the 10.5 inch iPad Pro, small version of the 12.9 inch model. The 10.5 inch iPad is now the most powerful tablet Apple has ever released to the public, with a redesigned Retina display and A10X Fusion chip.
Apple’s iPad Pro lineup aims to replace PC laptops, but it seems that Apple has a lot of work to do to achieve that goal. Rumors regarding new 2018 iPad models have been circulating around for months, hinting at the impressive features and new design coming in this year’s model.
The Cupertino company will hold an event in Chicago on March 27, where we are expecting to see the unveiling of new iPad models. Back in March 2017, Apple announced a 9.7 inch iPad with a Retina display and 64-bit processor. The tablet carried a lower price tag at launch, targeting customers in emerging market.
There is a lot to expect from Apple this year. With that in mind, we are going to give you a preview of what’s coming in 2018 iPad models.
Release date and price
Apple has a long tradition of launching its new iPad models in September. However, Ming-Chi Kuo, who is best known for his accurate forecasts when it comes to Apple devices, says that Apple is planning to unveil a new iPad at its Chicago event on March 27. If this is the case, it will marks the first time we are seeing the unveiling of new iPads at an education event.
There is not much to tell about new hardware and design. However, tech experts say that 2018 iPad will feature smaller bezels with glass back, just like the iPhone X. Besides, the device will use both Face ID and fingerprint scanner.
When it comes to release date, Apple is planning to release a new iPad in April following the launch event. Tech experts say that users will be able to pre-order the device after the event, with shipping arriving in mid-April. Earlier this year, sources claimed that Apple would launch new iPads in September event, with pre-orders opening between September and October.
Speaking of price, the new 9.7 inch iPad will be priced at US$259, making it the cheapest iPad model ever released to the public.
Apple Pencil is one of the highlights of iPad Pro lineup, allowing users to take notes, interact with apps and mark up emails or documents. We are hearing rumors that Apple has been working on a revamped Apple Pencil, with faster Bluetooth connectivity and advanced features.
Last month, rumors said that Apple would expand Apple Pencil support to all 2018 iPad models, offering users multiple ways to open apps. If this is the case, Apple Pencil will serve as a great tool for drawing and sketching ideas for students.
Some recent reports claim that Apple Pencil will soon support iPhone models. Tech watchers say that the Cupertino has been working on an Apple Pencil that works with future iPhones.
Apple iPad has not seen a significant change in design for years and 2018 will continue that trend. The upcoming 9.7 inch iPad will stick with the same old design. It makes sense, seeing that the device will target mid-range segment. This means that the device will feature metal back and rounded corners.
Sources say that the new iPad Pro, which might come out in September, will feature a new design, with smaller bezels and all-glass back. Besides, the device might come with a curved display and a notch at the top.
Power and OS
The upcoming 9.7 inch iPad will mainly target students this year, so it will come with moderate improvements. Sources say that the 9.7 inch iPad will be powered by the A9 chipset that was used in the last year’s models.
The new iPad Pro will feature Apple’s latest chip under the hood, offering excellent performance, ranging from editing photos to playing heavy-graphics games.
In terms of OS, the 9.7 inch iPad will run iOS 11.3 and includes support for iOS 12, which is set for debut at WWDC event. The iPad Pro, on the other hand, will support iOS 12 at launch, with a lot of new features and changes.
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