Another change to be seen with the new iPad Pro renders is the lack of the physical home button, which has been done away with completely.
After OnLeaks leaked the CAD schematics of the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2018, Steve Hemmerstoffer from OnLeaks collaborated with the MySmartPrice tech blog to create the first computer renders of the upcoming iPad. For starters, the fingerprint sensor is missing, which indicates that Apple is going for their Face ID and the bezels are far smaller than any other iPads the company has released.
Apple is going all out with design upgrades this year, ditching its signature home button once and for all on all of its iOS devices, it seems. Users will have to rely on the Face ID to unlock their device. Despite the similarities, these renders may not be 100% accurate, but they are thought to be close.
The Apple iPad Pro is expected to be launched on September 12 along with three iPhone X variants. This almost confirms the presence of Face ID on iPad Pro 12.9 (2018), which would also indicate the presence of a TrueDepth camera at the front.
The 3.5mm headphone jack has also been removed, finally bringing the iPad Pro family in line with the iPhones. "When you are mounting your iPad Pro on a Smart Keyboard Cover, it looks as if buyers will need to place it vertically, and the reason for that might be because the tablet can not get unlocked via Face ID while in landscape mode".
We can see two rows of speakers flanking the bottom side of the chassis and unchanged buttons position when compared to the already existing iPad models.
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. We should know more about the devices as the launch nears. In addition to the smart connector, Apple has also moved the SIM tray, placing it at the middle of the left side. Also gone is the headphone jack though the rest of the button placement remains unchanged.
According to the rumor mill, Apple is unlikely to switch to OLED panels this year.