Noted device leaker Evan Blass on Monday shared a mockup of an alleged next-generation iPad Pro with a TrueDepth camera system embedded in its top bezel, reconfirming expectations that Apple will not carry over the “notch” design introduced with iPhone X.
iPad Pro mockup featuring TrueDepth camera system. | Source: Evan Blass
The rendering, apparently from a case maker, arrives less than a day before Apple is anticipated to unveil a redesigned iPad Pro at a special media event in New York City.
If the image is a faithful rendition of the device Apple intends to release this week, the next iPad Pro will hide a TrueDepth camera array in a top bezel that appears to be just as thick as both sidewalls and bottom bezel. Previous versions of the tablet boast larger “forehead” and “chin” areas that flank the top and bottom of the screen when iPad is held in a portrait orientation. The extra space affords room for Touch ID and a front-facing camera, two components rendered obsolete by TrueDepth.
The image lines up with a mountain of rumors suggesting Apple will move its tablet platform to TrueDepth and Face ID this year.
Blass’ image lines up with a purported rendering thought to offer one of the first peeks at iPad Pro.
2018 Pros are generally expected to come in 10.5- and 12.9-inch sizes, equipped with faster “A12X” processors, TrueDepth cameras for Face ID and Animoji, and USB-C in place of Lightning. The last would be a radical change for Apple’s product line, but bolster the product’s “professional” credibility.
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