iOS 12.1 beta confirms fall launch for 2018 iPads

12.9-inch iPad Pro
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iOS 12 has only been around for a few days but Apple is wasting no time in preparing for the next update. The iOS 12.1 beta is already out for developers and some of them have across some very interesting findings.

9to5Mac reports that the iOS 12.1 beta contains code inside the Setup app which suggests that there’s a new iPad launch on the horizon. The Setup app kicks into gear when you’re setting up a new Apple device. While the previous version only included a reference to “iPhone2018Fall,” the new one has an identifier for “iPad2018Fall.”

iOS 12.1 iPad Pro Hints

Apple is essentially updating the application to teach you how to utilize the next-gen iPad Pro’s gesture navigations. The tablet is set to drop the Home button and adopt an iPhone-style navigational interface, so you’ll have to get used to not having a physical button anymore.

There are also some other small hints about the new iPads. iOS 12.1 contains evidence that landscape support for Face ID is coming. This is big, since iPhones can only unlock in a portrait orientation right now. It would be inconvenient for you to constantly turn the tablet since it’s commonly kept sideways when typing.

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The report also talks about a new Memoji sync tool. The feature allows you to sync your custom Memoji across Apple devices. This wasn’t needed till date since only iPhones support them, but this could change with the arrival of TrueDepth camera-carrying iPads.

Previous speculation has hinted that Apple is switching to USB-C connectors for the 2018 iPad Pro series. It’s not clear which end of the cable this will affect. Ming-Chi Kuo thinks the trusty old Lightning connector is getting the boot.

Apple will probably host an event in October for its new iPads and MacBooks. You can download iOS 12.1 for developers here and for the public here. Group FaceTime makes a comeback after disappearing for a while, good news for anyone eager to chat with 32 people at the same time.

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