Apple next-gen iPad Pro models to come with Face ID, sleek bezels: Report

By Anuj Sharma - July 30, 2018
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Apple's next generation iPad Pro models are reported to come with sleek bezels, a repositioned Smart Connector, and no headphone jack, according to information shared by Japanese site Mac Otakara.

Apple's next generation iPad Pro models are reported to come with sleek bezels, a repositioned Smart Connector, and no headphone jack, according to information shared by Japanese site Mac Otakara.

“The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro will measure in at 247.5mm tall, 178.7mm wide, and 6mm, compared to the current size of 250.6mm x 174.1mm x 6.1mm. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is said to measure 280mm tall, 215mm wide, and 6.4mm thick, compared to the current measurements of 305.7mm x 220.6mm x 6.9mm,” Mac Otakara reported citing supply chain sources.

Apple is also said to be working on a TrueDepth camera system for Face ID on the iPad Pro models. Apple will use a "diamond cut" for both the front and the back of the new iPad Pro models, which indicates that the new tablets could have a iPhone SE like design with beveled edges.

The Smart Connector on the iPads will also be relocated from the side to the bottom near the Lightning port, which may require a new vertically oriented Smart Keyboard. Apple is making these changes because Face ID will work only when the iPad Pro is in a vertical orientation, and according to Mac Otakara it is "impossible to release the lock with the main unit turned sideways."

Earlier information from Mac Otakara suggested Apple was working on horizontal Face ID for the iPad Pro, and hints of such a feature were discovered in iOS 12.

Apart from these facelifts to the iPad Pro, Mac Otakara also revealed information on the rumoured 6.1-inch low-cost iPhone. The device will utilise a "Full Active" LCD display sourced from Japan Display.

Going through previous reports of Mac Otakara, the site has a mixed record when it comes to rumours, sometimes information is spot on while other times missing the mark. For that reason, these new details should be viewed with some skepticism until confirmed by secondary sources or Apple.

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