iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) leaks in CAD-based renders and video, lacks 3.5mm headphone jack

Vlad, 04 September 2018

Apple is holding its annual fall launch event on September 12 this year. It's expected to unveil three new iPhones on that occasion, but some new iPads may join them too. One of these, the 2018 version of the iPad Pro 12.9, has been leaked today through CAD-based renders and a video.

The renders show a tablet with symmetrical screen bezels on all four sides, rounded display corners, and no Home button anywhere. The removal has to do with the fact that this iPad will employ Face ID technology for unlocking, just like the iPhone X (and all three 2018 iPhones).

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iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) CAD-based renders

Since on a tablet you still need some amount of screen bezel in order to make holding it at least reasonably comfy, we're spared the notch because the necessary sensors for Face ID have enough space in the top bezel as it is.

The visible antenna lines imply that the back of the tablet will be made out of metal, and not glass. The Smart Connector has been relocated to the rear, as you can see, near the bottom. This may mean that you'll only be able to use a keyboard cover with the tablet sitting in portrait orientation. If so, that's probably because of the company's rumored inability to get Face ID to work while the iPad is in landscape.

The iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) will be joined by a 10.5-inch variant, both shipping with LCD panels and the A12 or A12X chipset. Apple Pencil support should obviously be in, unlike the 3.5mm headset jack which is gone.

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How much does a jack add to a phone's price? And as for the space, I doubt it takes so much. Like I said, we can adapt if there isn't one, but that doesn't mean we don't want one. Your needs are different than others needs

They make a good alternative to Samsung phones and almost as complete as them as you get with a phone

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