When Apple unveiled the iPhone X almost two months ago, many grew fascinated at one of the new features introduced in this year’s flagship device. Replacing Touch ID, Apple introduced a new facial recognition feature that promised to be as phenomenal or even better. Because of how the public took to this new feature, it is possible Apple would be carrying over facial recognition to its next generation devices.
Apparently so, at least as predicted by noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. The analyst recently sent a note to investors predicting that the innovative Face ID feature that debuted in this year’s new iPhone models (the iPhone X, the iPhone 8, and the iPhone 8 Plus) will soon be making its way to the iPad Pro, as well as on practically all high end Apple handsets by next year. It bears mentioning that upcoming new iPad models will likely launch in the second half of 2018.
Sales of Apple’s tablets were actually not bad during the second quarter of this year, but as good as the iPhone maker’s iPad Pro offering has been, many people are still not convinced that tablets can be as good as computers. But Apple is cooking up some real cool things in its upcoming iOS 11 mobile operating system, and the company is promising that new features will make iPad Pro more powerful than ever.
Back in 2015, Apple already had released a 12.9 inch iPad Pro (at a starting price of $799). Then a year later, the tech giant then launched a 9.7 inch iPad Pro (at a starting price of $599). This year, the company is offering yet another variant of its iPad Pro -- this time around at a size of 10.5 inches.
It is no secret that Apple has been sort of struggling when it comes mobile device sales in the last few quarters. For instance, the once ultra-dominant iPhone continues to register declining sales, even during the most recent quarter of this year. The same goes for Apple’s iPad tablets in the past several months, except that in Q3 2016, iPad sales appear to have bounced back -- well at least in terms of market share.
Apple’s latest iPad tablet offering, the 9.7 inch iPad Pro, comes with an embedded Apple SIM card. Other recent devices from the company also feature this SIM, but unlike most physical SIM cards, this one is hard wired into the tablet, which means it will not be removable. But now that Apple has begun tinkering with embedded SIMs on its tablets, are iPhones next?
Interested in purchasing Apple’s latest tablet offering, the 9.7 inch iPad Pro? For those who do, they might be delighted to know that they now have the option of getting a subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 suite while they are at it. Indeed, during the ordering process, interested buyers are free to add any one of the three editions of the Microsoft suite -- either the Personal edition that costs $70 a year, the Home edition which goes for $100 a year, or the University edition which fetches $80 for four years.
Earlier this week during its March 21 event, Apple grabbed some headlines by formally announcing its newest iPhone offering, the 4 inch iPhone SE, and its latest tablet device, the 9.7 inch version of last year’s iPad Pro. This time around, the tech giant is now accepting preorders for both mobile devices in select countries around the world.
Apple has officially begun sending out invitations for an event happening on March 21st at 10 AM Pacific Time at its headquarters located in the city of Cupertino in the state of California. The invitation teases with the wording “Let us loop you in.” The tech giant may still be in the midst of a legal battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over smartphone encryption, individual privacy, and national security, but apart from that, it is business as usual for Apple.
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