The iPad Pro was the only one to support Apple Pencil at first. This however changed over time and the Apple pencil came to the normal iPad as well. There is therefore only the iPad mini left to not be compatible with the Apple Pencil, although this could soon change if Apple finally presents an iPad mini 5 as all rumours indicate.
The code of iOS 12.2 in its first beta continues to reveal details of Apple’s upcoming products. As developer Steve Troughton-Smith has been able to discover, both the upcoming iPad mini and the upcoming 9.7-inch iPad will support the Apple Pencil and Apple’s Smart Keyboard. The two accessories originally intended for the iPad Pro, would eventually be expanded to all iPads .
Steve Troughton-Smith warns that this is only a guess . The information he has obtained is based simply on seeing which iPad models appear in which part of the iOS code library. If for example in the Apple Pencil section the current iPads appear and two models not seen before, one can guess that they could be the next iPad, but this is not 100% certain.
In addition to support for official Apple accessories, the two new iPads are expected to keep the Touch ID Home Button instead of making the leap to Face ID as the iPad Pro has done. The reason is very simple, to save costs in order to sell them at reduced prices. One change we could see though is a reduction of the frames, maybe not as exaggerated as in the iPad Pro but a few frames smaller than the current ones. Less size or more screen? Surely reducing frames means reducing the size rather than increasing the screen.
These iPads seem to be designed to continue to dominate the range of affordable tablets . As a tablet the iPad is practically unrivalled in Android and Apple is looking to continue to maintain this position with updated models at relatively low prices. Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard as devices sold separately, of course.