iPad 2018 rumors: Landscape Face ID, 4K HDR video output, new Magnetic Connector, and Apple Pencil 2

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.

Updated 10/9/18: 9to5Mac reports on details of the upcoming iPad Pro.

Landscape Face ID, 4K HDR video output, new Magnetic Connector, and Apple Pencil 2

9to5Mac cites “sources familiar” with the new iPad Pro in a report on Monday. The site has details on an upcoming iPad announcement that has been widely speculated to happen this fall.

The most intriguing part of the report is that Apple could be implementing two new connectors. The first is called the Magnetic Connector, which seems as though it will replace the Smart Connector that’s currently used to attach accessories such as a keyboard. The Magentic Connector could be located on the back of the new iPad Pro. The second connector is a USB-C port, which will have support for 4K HDR video output for an external display. This feature will also have new software controls in iOS. Though the 9to5Mac report doesn’t specifically say that USB-C will replace Lightning, this report follows with past reports of USB-C implementation.

The 9to5Mac report has other details that have been part of the iPad Pro rumor mill for months: a new Apple Pencil (that pairs with the iPad in a similar fashion as the Apple AirPods), landscape Face ID, and an edge-to-edge display without a Home button.

Plausible? At this point in the year, we’re hearing a lot of the same rumors being repeated, which makes the rumors sound more possible. In a rumor from September, we thought that there was a possibility that the USB-C rumor was a misunderstanding, but now the details of external display support seem to imply that Lightning will be replaced.

Landscape Face ID support for iPad Pro in iOS 12.1 beta

The new iPad Pro that’s expected to be released later this year is rumored to have Face ID support. But will Face ID will work when using the tablet in a landscape orientation? According to the beta of iOS 12.1 released to developers on Tuesday, the answer is yes—but only with the yet-to-be-revealed new iPad Pro.