As sure as night follows day, we know that Apple will release new iPad Pro models at some point in the future and now renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared information on what he believes they might be like. According to him, a new “LCP Soft Board” will be used in new iPad Pro models, while improved wireless features will make an appearance in the future, too.
The new iPad Pro refreshes will apparently start production in the fourth quarter of 2019, suggesting we have a while before they will go on sale. An investor note from Kuo says the two models will feature the same 11-inch and 12.9-inch displays we’ve become accustomed to, although there was no mention as to whether the chassis will change.
Whether or not things change externally, internally, we are set for a shakeup. That’s because the LCP Soft Board, or Liquid Crystal Polymer technology will allow for a more flexible construction, making it easier to work in the confines of a chassis. Two companies, including Murata and a Taiwanese firm, have already been identified as possible partners for the manufacturing of the part.
By using an LCP Soft Board to connect an antenna to the main logic board, a reduction of signal loss will occur, which in turn will improve wireless performance of the tablet as a whole. That’s likely to be part of the new models arriving next year, but there’s more to come the year after.
That’s because Kuo believes that we will see 5G modems arriving in the 2021 iPad Pro models, which would jive well with previous claims that we will see 5G iPhones in 2020. Apple is likely to bring 5G technology to its phones first, with iPads following.