A new discovery in the iOS 12.1 beta indicates the software will support 4K external displays – possibly on the new iPad Pro models expected to debut later this fall. Current iOS devices can’t support external 4K displays, even when using a Lightning to HDMI adapter.
This may support the idea that upcoming iPad Pros will offer USB-C, developer Steve Troughton-Smith suggested on Twitter. A virtualized 4K option appears when running Apple’s iOS Simulator, used to test out iPhone and iPad apps.
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 is expected to debut new iPad Pro models this fall, possibly delivering new 10.5- and 12.9-inch models with faster processors, edge-to-edge LCDs, and Face ID, possibly in Landscape Mode. Code strings discovered in the iOS 12.1 beta indicate a “iPad2018Fall” device, which could support landscape Face ID.