Apple is reportedly working on a brand new iPad Pro for 2018 and today we want to take you through reasons why you should, and shouldn’t, wait for the new iPad Pro model(s) to arrive.
If you’re hunting for a new tablet with a beautiful screen and a ton of horsepower, Apple’s iPad Pro line should be near the top of your shopping list.
The iPad Pro comes in two sizes, 10.5-inches and 12.9-inches, with three storage options (64, 256, 512GB) and four colors (silver, gold, rose gold, and gray) to choose from. You can also buy it with LTE built-in if you need always available connectivity.
They’re two of the best tablets on the market and we generally recommend going with an iPad Pro model over the iPad and iPad mini lines.
Apple’s current iPad Pro models are definitely worth considering in 2018, but you should also take note of the rumored iPad Pro 2018, a successor that’s reportedly in development ahead of an official release later this year.
iPad Pro 2018 Rumors
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple is hard at work on a new high-end 2018 iPad Pro that will borrow some features from the company’s flagship iPhone X.
Developers poking through the iOS 11.3 beta also found reference to a new flagship iPad dubbed “modern iPad.” This is notable because Apple engineers called the iPhone X “modern iPhone.”
On top of that, respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also believes Apple’s working on brand new iPad Pro models for this year and claims they will indeed borrow technology from Apple’s iPhone X. Kuo believes these new iPad models are still on track for release in the second half of 2018.
This means you’ll likely have to wade through several more weeks of iPad Pro 2018 rumors before the company confirms the new model(s). Apple’s next media event will likely land in September.
While some of you might want to go ahead and pickup a new tablet today, many others should consider waiting for Apple’s next-gen iPad Pro.
Wait if You Want the Best Software Support
If you plan to keep your next iPad for a long time you might consider waiting for the 2018 iPad Pro.
If you’re the type of person that likes to hold onto your gadgets for three, four, five years at a time, the next iPad Pro has a lot of appeal.
Apple probably won’t confirm these plans on stage during its announcements, but the 2018 iPad Pro should get four years (or more) of software support. That means 4+ years of new features, security patches, and bug fixes.
While you might be tempted to go with an older (and cheaper) iPad model, their software support will end much sooner.
The 2018’s iPad Pro hardware will also ensure that you get the latest features from Apple. Older devices typically don’t get the full version of iOS, often due to hardware limitations. We expect the iPad Pro to come with a full suite of iOS 12 features out of the box.
If you plan on keeping this tablet for the long haul and you want all of the latest and greatest software features, consider holding out for the iPad Pro 2018 launch later this year.
Wait If You Want Even Better Performance
Nothing is confirmed, but you can bet on the iPad Pro 2018 coming with more horsepower than the current iPad models.
Rumor has it, the iPad Pro 2018 will come with an octa-core processor. More specifically, Chinese website MyDrivers believes the device will feature Apple’s new A11X Bionic Chip.
Unsurprisingly, this should lead to some performance upgrades (top of the line battery life, high-performance gaming) that simply aren’t available on older iPad models.
Like the iPhone X, the 2018 iPad is also rumored to have a custom Apple graphics processing unit (GPU) on board which should be music to the ears of those of you who like to game on your tablet, or who need loads of graphical power for creative work.
The current iPad Pro models are very capable, but if you think you might need some more horsepower from your next tablet, think about waiting.
Wait for Face ID
Another notable upgrade rumored to be coming with this year’s version of the iPad is Face ID. If true, these would be the first iPads with Face ID technology and the first iPads without a physical home button.
Apple’s facial recognition technology, currently limited to the iPhone X, allows users to open their phone with their face.
It’s one of our favorite iPhone X features and we think iPad users are going to love the convenience and security it provides.
Of course, the inclusion of Face ID will likely come at the expense of the iPad’s home button. There will be a learning curve for those of you who don’t own the iPhone X, but you should be able to get accustomed to the change within a few days.
Wait for a New Design
The addition of Face ID could come with some notable changes to the iPad’s overall design.
According to the Bloomberg report, the lack of a home button means that Apple will be able to “noticeably reduce the size of the edges on the top and bottom of the device for the first time since its introduction in 2010.”
If true, the iPad Pro will look more like the iPhone X and, perhaps, like the mockup here from Carlos Guerra on Reddit. Our friend Martin Hajek has also cooked up a great looking iPad Pro concept.
It’ll also be the first new look for the iPad since the company debuted the first iPad Pro all the way back in 2015.
If you want a huge edge-to-edge display on your next iPad, you might want to hold out for this year’s iPad Pro model(s).
Wait for Better iPad Pro Deals
The current iPad Pro models are excellent options, but, they’re expensive options. If you really want an iPad Pro, but don’t want to shell out $650+ for your next tablet, consider waiting for this year’s model(s) to arrive.
There are iPad Pro deals out there right now, Best Buy recently offered a deep discount on the current models, but we expect the deepest price cuts to emerge as we close in on the iPad Pro 2018 launch date.
That launch date is probably several weeks away right now which means you’ll need to wait for the price of the current models to drop off.
We expect the first price cuts to emerge several weeks before Apple’s launch event, once iPad Pro 2018 rumors start heating up and retailers look to clear our their inventory.
We also expect the pricing of Apple’s iPad lineup to change once Apple delivers the new iPads.
Don’t Wait for an OLED Display
The iPad Pro 2018 is rumored to have a ton of changes, but it might not come with an upgraded display.
According to the latest iPad Pro 2018 rumors, the device won’t come with an OLED display like the one found on the iPhone X. An OLED display would provide sharper clarity and better colors.
Instead, it looks like the iPad Pro 2018 will utilize an LCD display in a size similar to the current models. Again, Apple sells two versions of the iPad Pro: A 10.5-inch model and a 12.9-inch model.
So while you might get more screen real estate to work with thanks to the design changes, the screen quality might not be much different than what you see right now.
Don’t Wait If You Can’t Wait
There’s a good chance you’ll have to wait awhile for Apple to showcase the new iPad Pro models.
Sources claim the iPad 2018 will emerge later this year alongside Apple’s new iPhones. This means you’ll probably have to wait until September for the new iPad Pro models.
If you don’t have time sit through several weeks of Apple rumors, or your budget won’t allow you to wait for iPad Pro 2018 rumors to firm up, it might be in your best interest to skip this year’s iPad Pro model(s) and go with something else.
Again, Apple’s launched a new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support and there are some very good reasons to consider going with this model over the Pro line.
Don’t Wait If You Find a Tablet You Love
If you find something you love between now and September, don’t let the iPad Pro 2018 hold you back.
There are a ton of excellent iPad Pro 2018 alternatives on the market right now. We’ve put together a list of the best iPad Pro alternatives running Windows 10 and that’s a great list to start with.
If you aren’t a fan of Windows, you should also make sure you take a look at in-house competition. Apple’s current iPad Pro and iPad models are excellent devices and they were recently upgraded to iOS 11.4 and will soon get upgraded to iOS 12. They’re also cheaper than they once were.
There are also a ton of Android options out there including the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 and the company’s Galaxy Book.
Go hands-on with all of these right now or in the near future. If the feature-set and price are right for you and your needs, and you don’t think you need what the iPad Pro 2018 might offer, don’t hesitate to pull the trigger.