Although Apple has yet to give a confirmation about its next generation iPad Pro models, a MIIT certification has now been discovered that reveals the development. The certification also refers to the new Apple Pencil version previously reported with an AirPods-like, proximity-based connectivity experience. Unlike the previous models, the iPad Pro series of 2018 is also expected to have a Face ID integration and display panels with thin edges. There could also be a USB Type-C port instead of Apple's own Lightning port. A new rumor has suggested that the iPad family 2018 is powered by an Apple A12X processor.
Four new Apple models have received the MIIT certification, as spotted by MySmartPrice. Of the four models, it is assumed that the devices with model numbers A1876, A1980 and A1993 are the new iPad Pro models, while the device with model number A2051 is expected to be the new Apple Pencil. The supposed brief description of the last on the MIIT site, as shared by the MySmartPrice users, shows that it is a Bluetooth device. In particular, it received certification on September 29 – in line with the other devices likely to be the new iPad models. One device with model number A1993 apparently received MIIT certification on 18 September.
According to the alleged screenshots of the certification lists shared by MySmartPrice, the new devices are manufactured by Apple. A previous report from Guilherme Rambo of 9to5Google suggested that the 2018 iPad Pro series will include two Wi-Fi models and two LTE models in different size options.
Interestingly, Rambo has now updated the previous report with the listing of the Apple A12X processor. The new chip, code-named Vortex, would contain the A12X GPU and comes with partner number T8027.
The 2018 iPad Pro is speculated on the absence of the traditional Touch ID-enabled home button that will be replaced with a TrueDepth Camera system. This enables Face ID on the new iPad models, as suggested by a recent iOS beta. The new models are also rumored to remove the Lightning port and come with a USB Type-C port that allows 4K HDR video output on compatible external displays. In addition to the major new hardware changes, there is also a speculation around a magnetic connector that enables connectivity with accessories such as the Smart Keyboard and peripherals from third parties.
As we said, Apple has not confirmed any details about its iPad8 iPad Pro series. However, it is believed that the company could organize an event later this month to reveal the new offers.