Apple’s iOS 12.1 Beta Points to Support for 4K External Displays on New iPad Pros
The iOS 12.1 beta simulator in Xcode offers support for 4K external displays, meaning that the new iPad Pros could be getting USB-C instead of Lightning ports.
Existing iOS devices use can use a Lightning to HDMI adapter to connect to an external display, however, with HDMI using a 4K display is not possible. Connecting to a 4K display would be well supported using the USB-C interface.
New in iOS 12.1: the iOS Simulator supports virtualized 4K external displays. This is not possible on any existing iOS device via the Lightning HDMI adapter — lends credence to iPad perhaps getting a USB-C port for 4K video-out? pic.twitter.com/WfNBerHIrb
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) September 19, 2018
Apple started transitioning its Mac lineup to USB-C in 2016, but even though there have been many rumours, the company has not adopted this on any other of its product lines. An iPad Pro with USB-C would definitely bridge the gap between the Mac and the iPad. For some, this would make the iPad an even more viable computer replacement.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that the USB-C iPad Pro models would ship with an 18W USB-C power adapter that enables fast charging.
Apple is expected to hold an event in October, where it will unveil the new iPad Pros that are rumoured to have edge-to-edge displays with a TrueDepth camera system for Face ID.