The first CAD-based renders and images of the 2018 12.9-inch iPad Pro have leaked online courtesy of OnLeaks. The renders you will see below are based on the CAD renderings of the device and show off extremely thin bezels.
Apple has achieved this by removing the Home button from the tablet and switching to Face ID. The TrueDepth camera module is located in the top bezel, with the company expected to upgrade its Face ID technology to ensure it works in landscape mode as well. While Apple has seemingly not repositioned other physical buttons on the device, it has moved the physical ports around.
The Lightning connector continues to remain right in the middle of the bottom part of the tablet flanked by speaker grilles on each side. There are two speaker grilles located on the top edges of the tablet as well. Like its iPhone lineup, Apple has given the 3.5mm headphone jack the boot from the tablet.
The Smart Connector has been relocated to the bottom rear of the tablet, right above the Smart Connector. The repositioned Smart Connector means the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will sit in a portrait orientation while using accessories like the Smart Keyboard which might be a bit odd.
While not leaked in renders, the 10.5-inch/11-inch iPad Pro is also expected to carry a similar design language with thin bezels and no Home button.
Apple is not expected to unveil its 2018 iPad Pro lineup at its September 12 iPhone event. Instead, it is expected to unveil them at a separate event in October where it will also unveil its new Retina MacBook Air successor and an upgraded Mac mini.
Apart from thinner bezels, Face ID, and faster internals, Apple is unlikely to introduce any other changes to its iPad Pro lineup this year. The switch to thinner bezels and Face ID alone should lead to a huge jump in usability and experience.