iPad Pro 2018 Rumors: What to Expect from Apple's Next Tablet

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Apple is heavily rumored to launch a new 11-inch iPad Pro this fall, alongside a refreshed 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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This news comes per a note from reputable Apple prognosticator Ming-Chi Kuo. The new tablet would replace the company's current 10.5-inch model. Here's everything we know so far about the next generation of iPad Pro.

What makes the new iPad Pro different?

Aside from its larger size, the 11-inch iPad Pro could take cues from the iPhone X, slimming its bezel down and ditching its home button. And because that likely means the tablet will drop Touch ID, Apple is expected to add Face ID logins to the new iPad Pro.

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This rumor originally came from Kuo but was backed up in an iOS 12 icon leak from Apple that showed a tablet with a smaller bezel and no button.

Another way the new iPad Pro tablets may ape the design of the iPhone is by eliminating the headphone jack. This may be the result of reducing the tablets' dimensions by nearly imperceptible amounts, from between 0.1 and 0.5 millimeters in thickness.

What about the 12.9-inch iPad Pro?

Renderings obtained by tech leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (@OnLeaks) show an updated 12.9-inch iPad Pro that features a new design.

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This design moves the Smart Connector ports from the left side to the bottom edge, which suggests this iPad Pro would sit in a vertical portrait orientation when the user is typing, like a piece of paper sticking out of a typewriter. Japanese supply-chain blog Macokatara suggests this change will be found in the smaller new iPad Pro.

The images show flatter, 90-degree edges, which would be a departure from the iPad Pro's rounded sides.

When will the new iPad Pros come out?

Currently, Apple's only confirmed press event is a Sept. 12 briefing, where we expect the company to focus on its new iPhones.

While there's a slim chance that the new tablets will be announced at that event, we expect Apple to reveal the new iPads (along with other new hardware, such as a rumored MacBook Air with Retina display) at an event later this year, possibly in October (as has been the company's pattern).

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Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters.
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