Forthcoming 10.5-inch, 12.9-inch iPad Pros to Arrive with Face ID, Slimmer Design

Apple is expected to unleash three new iPhones later in September. Apart from the new iPhones, the Cupertino-based firm is also speculated to debut the new Apple Watch and an affordable MacBook Air. Fresh information that has surfaced through Japanese tech blog Macotakara states that the company is also planning to launch redesigned 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets.

Supply sources have revealed that the upcoming 10.5-inch iPad Pro model measures 247 x 178.7 x 6mm. In comparison, the dimensions of the existing 10.5-inch iPad Pro are 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1mm. As far as the rumored 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablet is concerned, it is expected to measure 280 x 215 x 6.4mm. The measurements of the forthcoming iPad Pros suggest that these devices will retain the same sized screens as last year’s models. However, since they are smaller in dimensions, they are likely to feature slimmer bezels.

In order to launch re-designed 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro tablets, Apple may have to axe the home button. The report has further claimed that in the absence of Touch ID sensor, the upcoming iPad Pro models will support biometric scanning through Face ID by using the TrueDepth camera system. Also, the new iPad Pro models are unlikely to feature 3.5mm audio jack.

iPad Pro 2018 Render

iPad Pro 2018 Render

Apple had removed the 3.5mm audio jack on its smartphones starting from iPhone 7 that was launched in 2016. Hence, the recent iPhones have allowed users to listen to music through Bluetooth-enabled AirPods as well as Lightning connector based 3.5mm audio jack. As far as the upcoming iPad Pros and iPhones, Apple is unlikely to ship with them with Lightning to 3.5mm adapter.

Apple had removed 3.5mm audio jack from its iPhones for multiple reasons such as for improved water resistance, housing larger battery, making space for other internal parts, Taptic engine and rear-mounted dual camera setup. There is no information on whether Apple is facing the same issue with the upcoming Pad Pro or it has decided to redesign it in order to align with the current bezel-less iPhones. The Japanese tech blog has further stated that the new iPad Pro tables will arrive with “diamond cut” design for their front and rear panels.

The Smart Connector has been reportedly repositioned alongside the Lightning port at the bottom of the forthcoming iPad Pros. This indicates that the upcoming iPad Pros may require a new Smart Keyboard with vertical orientation. This change may happen because the Face ID can only work when the device is in in vertical orientation. Previous reports have claimed that the Cupertino company was working on horizontal Face ID for its tablets and its evidences were found in iOS 12.

The report has also spilled information on the upcoming LCD iPhone. Fresh information reveals that it will be featuring Full Active LCD panel by Japan Display. It has also stated that the company is facing production difficulties with LCD iPhone. As previous reports have revealed, the Japanese tech blog has also report that the LCD iPhone may hit the market by November.


Anvinraj Valiyathara

Anvin is a self-proclaimed geek who has been writing about smartphones for nearly 10 years. After using phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Mini, Lumia 730, Lumia 950, Honor 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Honor 8 Pro to name a few, he is now a happy user of the POCO F1. In his free time, he participates in church activities and likes to travel.