When the company debuted the latest iPad in March, adding Pencil support and a faster processor, it whittled down the gap between the entry-level tablet and its Pro siblings. Starting at $329 (￡319 or AU$469), the base iPad now offers many of the premium features that were previously exclusive to the considerably more expensive10.5-inch Pro and 12.9-inch Pro.
For the moment, those Pro models still retain exclusive rights to the superior Retina display and Smart Connector, which lets you add a snap-on keyboard. But a chorus of pundits and supply chain sources now suggest that Apple will look to redefine the iPad Pro line -- and justify its higher price -- with a big-time update before the end of 2018.
当前那些Pro型号依然享有对于高级Retina显示器和可以连接按键式键盘的智能连接器的专有权。但权威人士和供应链消息源都表示苹果将会重新定义iPad Pro系列，也为了使其高价显得合理，他们将于2018年底前给iPad Pro来一次重大的升级。
Though Apple hasn’t announced anything officially (or responded to repeated inquiries), there’s growing buzz about new Pro models surfacing later this year. Here’s what we’ve heard so far.
Rumor: A new iPad Pro this fall
Bloomberg has reported that Apple is prepping at least one new iPad Pro for the second half of 2018, though we expect to see refreshes of both the 10.5- and 12.9-inch models. When Apple failed to show any new hardware at its WWDC developer’s conference in June, speculation immediately shifted to the September-October timeframe as the next best opportunity for a debut.
There are precedents. Apple could bring out a new iPad Pro alongside the three new iPhones we expect to see in September. The iPad Mini 4, for instance, debuted in September 2015 alongside that year’s iPhones. Or it could happen a few weeks later -- the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 were both introduced in a standalone Mac/iPad event in October 2014. (Sure, November is also a possibility, but Apple has never debuted a new iPad in December.)
苹果公司可能会在9月与我们期待见到的三款新iPhone一起推出一款新iPad Pro。这种猜测有先例可循：例如，2015年9月发布的iPad Mini4就是伴随着当年的iPhone一起的。或者也可能于稍晚些的几周后发布新版iPad--iPad Air 2和iPad Mini 3于2014年10月在独立的Mac / iPad活动中推出。(当然，新版iPad也可能在11月发布，但苹果此前从未在12月份推出过新款iPad。)
Rumor: Taking design cues from the iPhone X
Mac Otakara and 9to5Mac are reporting that the forthcoming iPad Pros will benefit from a major redesign and integrate several new features that first appeared on the iPhone X last year. An iPad battery usage icon found in Apple’s iOS 12 beta suggests that the upcoming models will look quite a bit different -- with no Home button, slimmer bezels, rounded corners and a bigger display. And the iPhone X’s rounded corners may also find their way onto the next iPad Pro, according to 9to5Mac.com.
Mac Otakara和9to5Mac网报道称即将发布的新款iPad Pro将经历大规模的重新设计，并整合了去年首次出现在iPhone X上的几项新功能。在Apple的iOS 12测试版中找到的iPad电池使用图标显示即将推出的型号看起来将会有很大的变化 - 没有Home键，更小的边框，圆角和更大的显示屏。根据9to5Mac.com的说法，iPhone X的圆角也可能应用于下一代iPad Pro。
Rumor: Face ID is coming
Those icons also show no notch -- despite reports by Bloomberg that the iPhone X’s facial recognition system, Face ID, may find its way into future iPads. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has also suggested that the TrueDepth camera array is coming in this next generation. And the thought is that the iPad would enough bezel real estate that Apple could implement the technology without the type of notch found on the iPhone X.
尽管彭博社报道说iPhone X的面部识别系统Face ID可能会应用于未来的iPad，这些图标也显示没有缺陷。分析师郭智明也表示下一代iPad将配置深度真相(TrueDepth)相机阵列。而且分析人士认为，苹果公司在新款iPad上就会实现面部识别技术的完整配置，而不会像在iPhone X上找到缺陷。