Apple rumor roundup: iPad Pro, iPhone SE, iPhone 8 and much more

iPad Pro

Apple is expected to launch new iPad and iPhone SE smartphone before the end of March 31. The Cupertino-based company is planning to unveil a new iPad Pro, iPhone SE with a 5.5-inch display and 128GB storage coupled with a new series of Apple Watch bands.

According to rumors, the company is gearing up to launch a 10.5-inch display with slim bezels including the updated 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch models. You need not have to expect a physical home button in the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Moreover, the tablet will be equipped with a high-resolution display paired with four microphones on each corner. Based on the rumors, the speaker grills will be placed on the edges for enhanced audio output.

Coming to the refreshed 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the tablet will be equipped with a 12MP True Tone display camera sensor alongside four-channel advanced ambient light sensors. The primary purpose of integrating this technology is to enable the iPad to adapt to the surrounding light conditions automatically. The sensors monitor the lightning where you have located and adjust the temperature and color intensity to an optimum level. However, you will be able to override this functionality from the Settings menu.

Apple is also planning to launch iPhone 8 with a 5.8-inch OLED display later in 2017. As usual, you can expect the rollout of the iOS 11 at WWDC 2017 followed by the launch of iPhone 8 in September 2017. According to reports, the iPhone 8 with an OLED display is expected to be named as iPhone X.

Meanwhile, Apple is also making an attempt to introduce a new connector type for iPhone, iPad, and other gadgets via Made-for-iPhone (MFi) licensing program. Codenamed as Ultra Accessory Connector (UAC), the new port will have an eight-pin connector and will be less thick than the existing USB-C port. If you compare with the currently available port, the new UAC connector will be 50 percent less wider than not only the USB Type-C but also lightning port.

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