Once again, the tablet market – led by Apple s (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad – grew extremely quickly. In fact, the market research firm IDC predicted in 2012 that tablet shipments will grow by 174.5% by 2017 from the levels seen in 2012. Had this forecast proved correct, industrial tablet shipments would have reached 352.3 million units last year.  This condition (and others similar to that) did not pass. In fact, IDC reported in a report released February 5, 2018 that worldwide tablet deliveries came to only 163.5 million units in 201
Apple's tablet shipments have not been immune to the industry's overall trends. In the company's financial year 2013, Apple iPad reported unit shipments and revenue of 71 million units and 31.98 billion dollars respectively. Four years later, in the 2017 fiscal year, Apple iPad reported transfers and revenue of $ 43.75 million and $ 19.22 billion respectively.
iPad is not Apple's largest company, accounting for about 8.4% of revenues in fiscal year 2017, but it's still a non-trivial source of revenue, and it's a valuable part of Apple's total product search system.
Later this year, Apple is slated to launch a new generation of its premium-priced iPad Pro Tablets. Let's take a closer look at what you can expect from them.
A 2-Step Upgrade Upgrade
Apple upgraded the iPad Pro product line in June 2017. Within these tablets was a chip called A10X Fusion – an enhanced version of the A10 Fusion that ran iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus launched in September 2016. A few months later, Apple launched its iPhone 8 Series and iPhone X smartphone, powered by the A11 Bionic chip. Then back on September 12, Apple launched its iPhone XS and iPhone XR smartphone, packed the A12 Bionic chip. Apple never released iPad Pro tablets with an A11X Bionic chip.
However, the good news is that iPad pros that Apple will launch later this year should actually come with a chip that I expect to be marketed as the A12X Bionic. In fact, a person who goes after the alias "Longhorn" Apple reveals its internal code for the chip that will run the next iPad T8027 tablets.
This means that the forthcoming iPad Pros will not only get CPU and graphics stars that are two generations newer than those found in the A10X Fusion, but they should also incorporate the second generation Apple Neural Engine found in the A12 Bionic. Apple said in its press release that iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max at Neural Engine could "complete up to 5 trillion operations per second, compared to 600 billion in the A11 Bionic."
"This enables new opportunities such as faster detection of ARKit aircraft and new features that use real-time machine learning," says Apple's press release.
It's enough to say that the upcoming iPad Pro tablets will pack an impressive amount of computing power.  TrueDepth Camera and Face ID  One of the main features of last year's iPhone X was a depth sensor camera system that Apple marketed as a TrueDepth camera. This camera system enables iPhone X Face Detection feature for Face ID, which replaced the company's Touch ID- technology that first debuted with the iPhone 5s back in 2013.
According to TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple's upcoming iPad Pro tablets will actually support Face ID (and as a result of the TrueDepth camera system). 9to5Macs Gulherme Rambo also managed to confirm the inclusion of Face ID in future iPad Pro tablets. In fact, one step continued, Steve Troughton-Smi th recently tweeted the following:
Face ID supports landscape orientation (presumably for iPad only), and iOS 12.1 seems to care much more about whether an external display is connected (perhaps due to iPad USB-C rumors, it will not have the Lighting HDMI adapter as a video-mediator)
– Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) September 18, 2018
It's perfectly reasonable that the upcoming iPad Pro Tablets will be able to handle Face ID in landscape mode, which I would imagine that many people get and try to lock Up iPads while using them in rural orientation.
No notch slimmer bezels
In a post on 9to5Mac, Rambo reported its discovery of an art form in iOS 12, developing beta 5 as "apparently confirming a new bezel-free iPad for the fall." "The advantage is part of battery usage [user interface] and it shows an iPad without home button and thinner bracket, "explains Rambo.
He also observes that "one thing that is especially lacking from glyphen is a notch." The "notch" referred to by Rambo is the clip at the top of the screens on the iPhone X, iPhone XS / XS Max and iPhone XR smartphones to make room for the TrueDepth camera.
The new iPad professionals seem to offer a dramatic improvement in the aesthetics of previous generation iPad Pro models.