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iPad 2018 rumors: Features, design, specs, release

iPad 2018 rumors: Features, design, specs, release

Updated 2/12/18: Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reports that the next iPad with get tabbed windows and an Animoji-ready camera .

When it comes to the tablet market, there’s the iPad and there’s everybody else. Apple dominates the market, especially in the premium price range. To hold on to its position, Apple has been kept things fresh with new models like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and new technologies like Apple Pencil and ProMotion.

But the fundamental design of the iPad hasn’t changed much in years. That could all change in 2018, as Apple gives use the first holistic new iPad design in a very long time.

What’s the latest?

While we already heard a rumor that the next round of iPads would support Face ID for unlocking, a report on iOS 12 in Bloomberg contains some some confirmation that Apple’s tablet will be adopting the iPhone X’s unique camera. Mark Gurman reports that Apple is working on a new iPad “that will have the required Face ID camera” to handle Animoji. The precise language here makes it unclear whether the camera will be exactly the same as the one in iPhone X, but the report makes it clear that will have the depth-sensing abilities required for Face ID.

Additionally, Gurman reports on a new iOS feature that could be making its way to the iPad soon: tabbed apps. Similar to the feature on macOS, it would allow users to open multiple windows within an app and navigate between them, much like how it’s done using Safari. He says the feature was originally planned for iOS 12’s launch in the fall but may have to wait until 2019.

Plausible? Apple generally debuts major features in the iPhone before bringing them to other products in its lineup, so it’s expected that the TrueDepth camera will make its way to the iPad sooner rather than later. It would be somewhat of a surprise for the tablet to pick it up before the entire iPhone line does, but this rumor is still very believable. However, we don’t expect the iPad to adopt an iPhone X-like notch anytime soon.

A sub-$300 9.7-inch iPad in the works?

This rumor was reported on Dec. 1, 2017.

According to DigiTimes, who cites “sources from related upstream suppliers,” Apple wants to release a new, cheaper 9.7-inch iPad in 2018. The sources claim the model would start at around $259. That’s considerably cheaper than the already rather affordable $329 iPad Apple sells today.

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