Apple’s September 12 event is set to bring a trio of new iPhones, the Apple Watch Series 4, and two 2018 iPad Pro models to the fore. The last pair is now the subject of a huge leak which reveals their design and expected price.
The renders above are apparently based on CAD images of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and were obtained by OnLeaks in collaboration with MySmartPrice. The publication says they may not be completely accurate, so leave some room for doubt when looking at them.
First of all, the biggest difference can be seen up front. The bezels are noticeably thinner and wrap themselves around every corner of the new iPad Pro. There’s enough space for the TrueDepth camera system as a result, so no notch here. The same can’t be said for the 3.5mm headphone jack which seems to have disappeared entirely.
This is bad news for folks reliant on the port and who still hate Apple for taking it away in the iPhone 7. The company appears to have replaced the headphone jack with two speakers at the top and bottom, meaning there are four grilles in all. Another iPhone 7 parallel are the antenna lines along the top and bottom of the tablet.
One interesting change to note is the position of the Smart Connector. It’s shifted to the back of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro just above the Lightning port. This might have come about because of Face ID. The system can only unlock devices vertically and hasn’t quite grasped doing it horizontally.
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Some say Apple is changing this with the iPad Pro, but we’ll have to wait and see how this shakes out. Another unusual modification is the presence of a mystery button on the right side of the device. It’s not clear what it could be used for. It looks like it can be slid up or down, switching between different modes.
12.9-inch iPad Pro Specs and Price
Specs-wise, there should be 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch versions of the iPad Pro with True Tone LCD screens and ProMotion technology. An Apple A12X processor may beat at its heart with a super-fast 7nm process and 8 cores. 4GB of RAM might help it along, as well as up to 512GB of space.
The Apple Pencil will probably be around, although it’ll probably be sold separately like always. As for price, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro might be available at Rs 54999 (roughly $772) for 64GB of room. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro could raise the stakes to Rs 64999 (approx $912) for the same memory variant.