Noted leaker Evan Blass this morning tweeted a render of an iPad Pro that features slimmer bezels, no Home button, and what looks like an inline TrueDepth camera system that does away with the need for a notch.
Blass did not offer any information on the render, apart from the cryptic message "Of course I just bought a Pro not too long ago," which suggests that he received the render from a case maker. Blass typically only shares leaks that he believes are from credible sources.
Of course I just bought a Pro not too long ago :P pic.twitter.com/ro12sRFQme — Evan Blass (@evleaks) October 30, 2018
The new iPads Pros are set to gain a TrueDepth camera system that will replace Touch ID with Face ID for biometric authentication purposes. At first it wasn't clear whether the iPad Pro would have a notch similar to the iPhone XS and XR, but a notch-less design of the iPad Pro has been discovered in several leaked icons discovered in iOS 12.
Face ID on the new iPad Pro will reportedly allow users to unlock a device when it is held at a horizontal angle, rather than limiting unlocking to the vertical orientation. However, initial setup of Face ID is said to be performed in portrait orientation.
The new iPad Pro models should be available in 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch sizes, both powered by Apple's faster A12X Bionic processor. The Lightning port on the devices is expected to make way for USB-C, which would allow for faster charging and new functionality not possible via Lightning such as the ability to drive a 4K monitor.
In addition, rumors suggest Apple could be about to announce a new Apple Pencil 2 with support for tap and swipe gestures, a new design, and a new charging method. It's possible the accessory will charge wirelessly when docked to the iPad Pro, with Apple eliminating the Lightning port, although no further information is available at this time.
It's not long to go before we'll know for sure. Apple's October 30 event takes place today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (that's 7:00 a.m. Pacific Time and 2:00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time) with Apple planning to live stream the event on its website and through the Events app on the Apple TV.
Apart from new iPad Pros, we'll expecting a new Mac mini, a low-cost Retina Notebook, and possibly more. MacRumors will have live coverage of all of Apple's announcements, both here on the site and on our MacRumorsLive Twitter account.
Update: It appears the "rendering" is a fake photoshopped image of a UAG case marketing shot, as shown here with the original wallpaper.
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