Apple is expected to unveil a highly anticipated update to its iPad at a special event in New York later this month.
Invites were sent out for the ‘There’s more in the making’ event today – with each featuring a a personalized version of the Apple logo.
It will take place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and could also see new MacBooks and Airpods unveiled.
The new iPads are expected to have the same FaceID system as Apple’s iPhones, and a redesigned casing with no home button and smaller bezels.
Scroll down for video
The event will take place at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and could also see new MacBooks and Airpods unveiled. Invites were sent out for the ‘There’s more in the making’ event today – with each featuring a a personalized version of the Apple logo. Pictured, Dailymail.com’s invite
WHAT IS RUMOURED TO BE INCLUDED IN THE NEW iPAD PRO?
Numerous reports suggest Apple is gearing up to release a new iPad Pro in October 2018.
Code buried in iOS 12 suggests a new iPad will indeed launch in ‘fall 2018’.
The company historically holds standalone iPad launch events in October.
New icons for iPad found in the software’s coding suggest it will have a thin bezel and ‘notch’ like the iPhone X.
Apple recently added landscape support for its FaceID system to iOS.
Some experts suggest this is in anticipation of a new iPad that uses the facial recognition software.
Earlier this month the firm inadvertently shared plans for its hotly anticipated new iPad – and it could be coming as soon as next month.
Software developers combing through the latest beta code – early versions of the operating system shared with app creators to check for compatibility issues and bugs – have uncovered references to an unannounced device labelled ‘iPad2018fall’.
This suggests Apple will release its next-generation iPad this autumn, adding weight to widespread rumours the firm is planning to unveil a new iPad Pro in October.
Numerous reports suggest the Cupertino company is poised to release an iPad Pro with no Home button, slim bezels, and Face ID facial recognition next month.
Apple has declined to comment on the rumours, but the company has historically held standalone iPad launch events in October.
The cryptic iPad code was uncovered in iOS 12.1 – the forthcoming upgrade to iOS 12, which was rolled out to Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners worldwide on Monday.
While the public won’t have access to 12.1 until next month, Apple hands out pre-release versions to app developers to allow them to test their software.
One such app developer, Guilherme Rambo, rummaged through the code that makes up the update, and found clear evidence of an iPad due for release this year.
Pictured is an artist’s impression of the next iPad Pro based on the rumours so far. Numerous reports suggest the tablet will have no Home button, slim bezels, and Apple’s Face ID facial recognition system
He wrote in 9to5Mac that the newly uncovered code labelled ‘iPad2018fall’ did not exist in previous developer versions of iOS software.
Also discovered in iOS 12.1 was support for FaceID when users are holding their device sideways.
Current versions of the facial recognition software only work when users hold their iPhones in a portrait orientation — something that would not necessarily be possible with the iPad Pro, which is required to be used in landscape when docked with Apple’s Smart Keyboard accessory, for example.
A tech expert digging through the code that makes up Apple’s newest iOS operating system has uncovered hidden software labelled ‘iPad2018fall’ (highlighted in green)
Mr Rambo suggested this upgrade was a useful tweak for tablets, which are bulkier than phones and so require more flexibility to use the software correctly.
Apple’s next tablet is expected to feature ultra-thin bezels and no physical home button, to make way for its facial recognition technology, called Face ID, according to 9to5Mac.
The technology blog identified a device icon last month that looked remarkably different from previous illustrations included in Apple’s mobile operating systems.
A tiny blue icon showed an iPad with thin bezels and a row of icons at the bottom of the device — instead of the circular home button.
That differed from the current icon, which shows a front-facing camera at the top, in addition to a home button at the bottom.
This icon, which is used to illustrate the device when it is plugged into a computer, hints the iPad could be in for a significant overhaul.
Tech experts spotted a new icon (right) in iOS 12 last month that looked remarkably different from previous designs (left). The icon showed an iPad with thin bezels and a row of icons at the bottom of the device
What’s more, the new iPad icon appeared to show the absence of a notch design.
Apple introduced the notch on the iPhone X at its September event last year.
It houses vital sensors and cameras that power Face ID, but it received criticism from users who felt it obstructed the iPhone X’s edge-to-edge screen.
It’s possible that Apple will make the bezels wide enough so that they can fit the TrueDepth camera that enables facial recognition.
In the past, iOS leaks have served as an accurate predictor of Apple releases.
A firmware update for the HomePod smart speaker rolled-out in 2017 revealed the front-facing design of the iPhone X, so it’s plausible that the iPad icon could serve as a solid indicator of what’s to come.
What’s more, analysts have been predicting for the past several months that Apple will introduce a bezel-less screen and Face ID in the next iPad.
They’ve also predicted that Apple may choose to ditch the headphone jack in the upcoming iPad Pro.
WHAT IS NEW IN APPLE’S iOS 12?
Once Apple users upgrade to iOS 12 they will see a host of changes to how their device works.
It will power the iPhone and iPad and packs a slew of new features aimed at improving your device’s performance, as well as fun augmented reality tools.
Here’s what’s new in iOS 12:
Apple has released the next version of its augmented reality platform for developers, called ARKit 2.
ARKit, which was first launched in 2017, now has improved face tracking, 3D, object detection and a more persistent experience.
Multi-user virtual environments are also featured in the ARKit 2, so that more than one person can see the same perspective in real time.
Apple also announced a new AR app called ‘Measure’ that lets you see the dimensions of objects, like photos or chairs, and get automatic measurements
Apple’s Photos app has seen a significant upgrade in order to allow the feature to become smarter.
In iOS 12, the Photos app will now display search suggestions when a user is looking for a specific picture, based on things that appear in the photo, including cars, dogs and flowers.
There’s also a new ‘For You’ tab, that shows memories, as well as sharing suggestions.
It suggests that you share photos with a friend if they appear in a photo and then prompts the friend to share photos with you if you appear in their photos.
Apple has added a ‘For You’ tab to the Photos app that will show memories, as well as produce sharing suggestions. It will suggest you share photos with other users
Apple has rolled out a new feature in iOS12 called Shortcuts, which adds ‘quick actions’ for any app.
For example, a user can change their settings so that if they say ‘I lost my keys’, it will prompt Siri to pull up the Tile app and show you where your keys are.
Another new tool is called Suggestions, where Siri prompts the user to take certain actions in iOS, such as order their favorite coffee that they drink every morning.
Another new tool is called Suggestions, where Siri prompts the user to take certain actions in iOS, such as order their favourite coffee that they drink every morning
The Stock app has received a major upgrade and now lets users tap on certain stocks to get detailed information.
It’ll also show relevant news headlines under the stock, which users can click on to see the full article.
The Stock app has received a major upgrade and now lets users tap on certain stocks to get detailed information. It’ll also show relevant news headlines under the stock
Apple has also revealed a new and improved Books app, renaming it Apple Books from iBooks.
There’s a new preview screen that shows users where they last left off in an eBook, as well as a new store that ‘makes browsing through eBooks and audiobooks better than ever’.
Apple ha snow formally launched a suite of tools aimed at helping people curb their smartphone addiction.
Users can view and control how they spend their time on apps, set time limits and more.
Apple has also launched a suite of tools aimed at helping people curb their smartphone addiction. Users can view and control how they spend their time on apps and more
It also comes with new parental controls that let parents view how their child is spending their time in apps and set time limits.
New Do Not Disturb features limit what notifications users see on their lock screen at night and in the morning.
Users can now ‘fine tune’ their notifications and change the settings so that specific notifications only show up in the notifications centre and turn other notifications off altogether.
Siri will also suggest that users turn off some notifications if the user hasn’t opened the app in a while.
Users can now ‘fine tune’ their notifications and change the settings so that specific notifications only show up in the notifications centre and turn other notifications off
A new grouped notifications tool categorises app notifications by apps and topics.
Users can swipe on a group of notifications and choose to view them later, removing them from the lock screen.
Apple said iOS 12 will significantly improve how apps load and other performance features on iOS devices.
In iOS 12, apps will load up to 40 per cent faster, the keyboard will come up 50 per cent faster and sliding open to the camera will be 70 per cent faster, even on older devices like the iPhone 5S.