As every year, Apple will present its new range of iPad Pro tablets at an event in September alongside the iPhone. Although the existing information is based on rumours, it is expected that their size will be reduced but the screen dimensions will be increased, which would be achieved with thinner frames, a new location for the Smart Connector and, in addition, the suppression of the headphone jack .
According to sources on the assembly line, the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro will measure 247.5mm long by 178.7mm wide and 6mm thick compared to 250.6mm x 174.1mm x 6.1mm in the current generation. The 12.9-inch model will be 280mm long by 215mm wide and 6.4mm thick, compared to 305.7mm x 220.6mm x 6.9mm now.
The information has been shared by the Japanese website Mac Otakara. This change in the dimensions of the devices would respond to a complete redesign of the new iPad Pro in 2018, similar to that of the iPhone X. Thanks to more content bezels, they would integrate larger panels. In contrast, some elements such as Touch ID would be removed in favour of a TrueDepth camera for the Face ID security system. Similarly, to achieve a lower thickness, the 3.5mm headphone jack would be removed.
It would be no surprise if Apple took this decision, since since iPhone 7 has dispensed with the jack in the company’s smartphones. As an alternative, an adapter and Lightning headphones were included, in addition to encouraging the purchase of AirPods.
As for the new location of the Smart Connector, reports say it will go from the side to the bottom, next to the Lightning port. This would imply a new Smart Keyboard with portrait orientation , and with the consequent stability problem, especially in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. One possible reason for this change would be that Face ID does not work horizontally, although there are indications that this will be fixed in iOS 12.
We’ll just have to wait and see if all the rumours materialise in the next generation of the iPad Pro.