iOS 12.1 Confirms New 2018 iPad Models Are On The Way

Looks like the rumored iPad Pro 2018 models are coming after all.
Photo: Alvaro Pabesio

Apple’s September event came and went without any mention of the iPad Pro models that had been the stars of so many rumors. But there is still hope! Buried deep in the just-released iOS 12.1 beta 1, there’s a clear reference to an iPad on the docket for this fall.

So be patient. The redesigned tablets we’ve heard so much about could be coming soon.

Apple today released the first beta version of iOS 12.1. Guilherme Rambo from 9to5Mac went to dig into the code and found a mention of “iPad2018Fall”. Sometimes references to upcoming devices hidden in betas of iOS are obscure, but not this time. Code snippets don’t get much clearer than this.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that Apple is definitely releasing the leaked iPad Pro models. But it’s now hard to argue that the company is going to introduce an iPad in fall 2018.

Learn more about the iPad Pro 2018

According to numerous unconfirmed reports, the next-generation iPad Pro tablets will follow the design cues of the 2018 iPhones: no home button, slim bezels, and Face ID. And there’s a slight possibility that the iPad Pro line will finally get a USB-C port.

But not everything changes. Several unconfirmed reports indicate that these models will retain the same 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch screen sizes, but shrinking the bezels will allow them to be smaller overall.

Be sure to check out our 2018 iPad Pro rumor roundup for all the details.

It’s possible that these iOS tablets will be unveiled at an Apple press event next month. A redesigned and improved 2018 MacBook Air and Mac mini Pro could be unveiled at the same time.

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