Apple revealed a new iPad Air and a new iPad mini 5 in the early half of 2019, but there are more tablets expected from the company before the year is out or in early 2020, in the form of a refresh to the iPad Pro models.
Reports suggest the next generation of iPad Pros will take a leaf out of the 2019 iPhone's book. Here is everything we have heard so far, as well as what we expect.
- Possibly early 2020
Apple's next iPad Pros are rumoured to released before the end of 2019, though there have also been reports suggesting early 2020.
If Apple waits until 2020, we expect to see the new iPad Pros before the end of March. At the moment no official date has been set, but as 2019 is drawing to a close, 2020 is looking more likely.
- iPad Pro 11 (2019): Around 247.6 x 178.5 x 5.9mm, 468g
- iPad Pro 12.9 (2019): Around 280.6 x 214.9 x 5.9mm, 631g
Apple only redesigned the iPad Pro line-up in 2018 so we aren't expecting huge changes to the 2019 models.
In fact, the design is rumoured to remain largely the same, meaning super-slim bezels, USB Type-C for charging and the ability to attach the Apple Pencil magnetically to the side and charge it wirelessly.
- iPad Pro 11 (2019): 11-inch, Liquid Retina, 2388 x 1668, 264ppi
- iPad Pro 12.9 (2019): 12.9-inch, Liquid Retina, 2732 x 2048, 264ppi
With the design of the new iPad Pro models expected to stay the same, we're expecting the same display sizes as the 2018 iPad Pro models too.
If this is the case, the 2019 iPad Pros should come in an 11-inch model and a 12.9-inch model. Both devices are expected to offer True Tone technology, Pro Motion technology and a fully laminated display with an anti-reflective coating.
We wouldn't expect the resolutions to change from 2018 either and we're expecting to see Liquid Retina panels too.
- iPad Pros (2019): Triple rear camera, TrueDepth front camera
The rear camera specifications are expected to see an upgrade in the new iPad Pro models. According to rumours, a triple rear camera will arrive on the 2019 iPad Pro devices, mimicking the iPhone 11 Pro models.
The iPhone Pro rear cameras are able to shoot ultra-wide photos and videos, whilst also offering improved low light images thanks to Night Mode. It is expected that the iPad Pros will also offer the same capabilities and features.
There has also been talk about a 3D sensor system that will be a more advanced version of Face ID with the ability to allow users to create three-dimensional reconstructions of rooms, objects and people.
Hardware and specs
- iPad Pros (2019): A13X processor, multiple storage options, Apple Pencil compatibility, stereo speakers
The next-generation iPad Pro models are expected to come with Apple's newest processor - expected to be the A13 - though for the iPad Pro models, we're expecting the A13X.
Storage options are likely to be similar to the current models - 64GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB - and battery capacities are likely to be improved slightly but still around the 10-hour mark. It wouldn't be too surprising to see the 64GB model replaced with a 128GB model though. MicroSD won't be on board as Apple doesn't offer it in any devices.
Apple Pencil compatibility will no doubt be on the new iPad Pro models though, as it has been since the beginning of the Pro line, and we also expect to see Face ID facial recognition and stereo speakers.
Apple's iPadOS was made available to all iPads from iPad Air 2 and newer in September 2019, and no doubt the new iPad Pros will also launch on the platform when they arrive, probably with a few extra features.
You can read all about the features that come with iPadOS now in more detail in our separate feature, but as a quick summary, these are some of the key features:
- New home screen
- Dark mode
- Sidecar with Catalina
- New multitasking features
- Text-editing gestures
- Safari improvements
- Files app
- Font management
- Reminders and Find My
Apple iPad Pro 2019 rumours: What's happened so far?
Here is everything we have heard so far about the next iPad Pros.
12 November 2019: Next Apple iPad Pro expected first half of 2020, with focus on AR
Bloomberg reported the next iPad Pro models are expected in the first half of 2020 and they will come with a new 3D sensor system.
The report said people familiar with the matter have said the system has a new camera module with two sensors and a small hole for the 3D system, letting people create three-dimensional reconstructions of rooms, objects and people.
4 October 2019: Apple might have a haptic on-screen keyboard in future so you can feel the 'keys'
Could Apple have a tactile touchscreen keyboard on its iPads in future? A patent, discovered by Patently Apple, shows a next-gen haptics tech known as Static Pattern Electrostatic Haptic Electrodes. A variety of voltages could be applied which would make typing on the device feel different.
The site said such efforts could mean that touchscreen keyboards could, in future, potentially emulate the feel of more traditional keyboards - even with concave-feeling 'keys' - so users would be able to find their place on the keyboard without looking down at it.
2 September 2019: Next iPad Pro to offer 3D sensing camera
MacRumours reported that The Elec has claimed Apple is planning to offer 3D sensing camera technology in early next year. The technology is also expected to come to the iPhone in 2020, but based on this report, the iPad Pro models will get it first.
22 August 2019: Next iPad Pro to feature same design but camera and processor upgrades
Bloomberg reported several details surrounding the next iPad models. It claimed the 2019 iPad Pros would feature the same design as their predecessors but with the same upgrades as the 2019 iPhones, including camera and processor.
12 August 2019: Next iPad Pro could feature same triple camera as iPhone XI
Japanese site Macotakara claimed sources within the Chinese supply chain have said the new iPad Pro could have a triple rear camera in a square setup - like the 2019 iPhone Pro models are expected to offer.