New iPad Pro Renders Depict Angular Chassis and iPhone-Like Antenna Lines

Serial mobile leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer shared high-resolution renders today, courtesy of tech blog MySmartPrice, that are based on supposed leaked CAD images of Apple's upcoming redesigned iPad Pro.

Reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said Apple is working on two new iPad Pro models that take design cues from the iPhone X, measuring in at 11 and 12.9-inches.

In addition to the thinner bezels, no Home button, and edge-to-edge display of the expected iPad Pro design, the mocked-up renders depict a device with an angular chassis boasting iPhone 4-style chamfered edges, rather than the rounded chassis of the current-generation tablet.

In another seeming nod to Apple's evolving iPhone handset design, the device is shown with separate antenna strips along the top and bottom edges of the chassis, instead of the single continuous antenna lines on either side of the existing cellular models.

Elsewhere, a closer look reveals a distinct lack of headphone jack, two rows of speaker vents on either side of the Lightning port – similar to the alleged CAD images leaked last month – and two microphone ports located above the TrueDepth camera embedded in the bezel.

Also like the CAD image before it, a Smart Connector is positioned on the back of the device directly above the Lightning port, instead of the landscape orientation on current iPad Pro models.

MySmartPrice claims the positioning is related to the limitations of Face ID in landscape orientation, however well-connected Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman has said horizontal Face ID support is a feature in the upcoming iPad Pro models, which are expected to be announced this month.

The legitimacy of the additional details in the renders – and the alleged leaked CAD images they are supposedly based on – have yet to be confirmed, but Apple's scheduled media event on September 12 should reveal all.

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18 months ago
Can't imagine there ever being a justifiable reason to have a protruding camera on the back of an iPad.
Rating: 89 Votes
18 months ago
Assuming this is fairly accurate, I want to hear their justification for removing the headphone jack from an iPad. If Phil Schiller says "bravery" or "courage" I hope someone throws a rotten tomato at him.
Rating: 41 Votes
18 months ago
You guys realize the current pads have bumps yeah?
Rating: 39 Votes
18 months ago
ugh why does there have to be a camera bump on an ipad
Rating: 29 Votes
18 months ago
Last year's model will be the hot item now.
Rating: 27 Votes
18 months ago
guys. they're renders. CTFO. you'll live longer.
Rating: 24 Votes
18 months ago
Don't know if I'm a fan of removing the home button (Touch ID) from the iPad. Face ID works fine (great) on my iPhone X. But the way I use my iPad Pro 12.9". Lifting it up, looking at it, and swiping up to unlock it is not natural. I unlock it now with my thumb when picking it up to move it. I do this with out even have to look at it.
Rating: 23 Votes
18 months ago
Holy camera bump!
Rating: 18 Votes
18 months ago
What is the point of the smart connector if not to use it with a keyboard?
Rating: 13 Votes
18 months ago
I'm going to stick with my iPad Pro 12.9 512GB for a long time I think... as such a workhorse, I think it's silly (and unnecessary...?) to put so much emphasis on slimming it down and removing things like the earphone jack on something that's meant to be used for real work, as opposed to a phone which is all about portability and convenience.

I'm still in shock that Apple allowed the "notch" and saw any kind of "progress" worth that kind of sacrifice, and if that's on the iPad Pro too, I'm really going to roll my eyes.
Rating: 11 Votes

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