Refreshed iPad Pro with Face ID could arrive a lot sooner than expected

Apple’s long-rumoured refreshed iPad Pro with Face ID should now be on the verge of mass production, with units scheduled to start shipping sometime in June, according to a new report.

Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang told investors that the firm will unveil the new iPad Pro in June, when it will also start accepting orders, before noting that it should have somewhere in the region of six to eight million units ready for launch day.

This news comes more than a month after references to a so-called “Modern” iPad were spotted in the code for the first beta of iOS 11.3, corroborating a report from KGI Securities analyst Mini-Chi Kuo, who was first to cast light on the new iPad Pro.

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Kuo believes that Apple is looking to bring both Animoji and Face ID – both of which are features that debuted on the iPhone X – to the refreshed iPad Pro range, omitting the Home button that’s been present since the first iPad in the process.

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The iPad Pro (2018) – dubbed the iPad Pro 3 – is also expected to ship with an all-new A11X CPU, designed to improve on the various shortcomings of the state-of-the-art A11 Bionic chip found on last year’s iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

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