Apple is expected to launch the next-generation iPad Pro (2018) by the end of this year. While there were a few rumors doing the rounds regarding the specifications of the new model, a well-known developer has now discovered that the next-gen iPad Pro may arrive with FaceID and Animoji support.
A developer by the name of Steve Troughton-Smith has uncovered an iPad version of AvatarKit in the latest version of iOS 12 developers build. Notably, only the Apple iPhone X currently has the AvatarKit that requires a TrueDepth Camera for face detection. This indicates that the next generation iPad Pro will feature Apple FaceID support with very thin bezels on the sides. Apart from that, the physical home button is also not expected to be present on the device.
As per speculations, Apple is currently working on a new iPad Pro model that may feature many design similarities with the Apple iPhone X and the device is expected to be a premium offering targeted for the high-end smartphone market. According to a Bloomberg report, the device will feature very thin bezels with a faster processor, a custom built GPU and support for FaceID. Another report from Taiwanese news portal Economic News Daily claims that the next generation iPad Pro model will feature an 11-inch display.
Talking about the release date of the device, the Apple iPad Pro (2018) is expected to be announced around the month of September alongside the iPhone 9 and the premium Apple iPhone X Plus. According to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is likely to make an official announcement by the third quarter of 2018. Apart from the iPad Pro (2018), the California based conglomerate is also expected to unveil three new iPhone models. It includes a budget 6.1-inch LCD iPhone model that is likely to replace the Apple iPhone 8, a 5.8-inch OLED model that is likely to become the successor of the iPhone X and a premium 6.5-inch OLED display model that will be called Apple iPhone X Plus and would be the costliest model ever launched by the company.