New iPad Pro to have rounded bezels, no Home button

Joshua Bennett
October 29, 2018

In fact, that event might be a dumping ground for all that fans were expecting last month that never materialized, including new MacBooks and even an upgraded Mac Mini.

Apple's not so unexpected event on October 30th has sent some Android OEM scrambling to adjust their dates or even cancel. It looks like the new iPad Pros will get a new design and not look anywhere close to the last generation iPads. The smaller 10.5-inch iPad Pro will see a slight bump in its display size to around 11-inches as well. Instead, just like the iPhone XS and iPhone XR, the 2018 iPad Pro lineup will feature Face ID.

Further, Face ID is tipped to work in any orientation, regardless of whether the 2018 iPad Pro is held in portrait or landscape mode.

The TrueDepth camera system at the front means the 2018 iPad Pro will support Animoji and Memoji - features which are only present on the iPhone X and up.

Also: I tried to write this article on an iPad Pro.

The star of tomorrow's Apple event will definitely be the new iPads. Well, maybe not, after all - though we think the new MacBook Air will keep the relatively affordable price, as that's one of the reasons it keeps selling. It will have a higher-resolution 13-inch screen, as well as slimmer bezels around the display. As per rumors, the new MacBook will be priced from anywhere between $999 to $1,200. The new MacBook Air will come with improved internals and also design and software.

Word on the street is that Apple is likely to bring next-generation Mac Mini with latest Intel chips for normal home and office purposes. Since then though, we haven't heard much about the charging pad, with rumours circulating that Apple's engineers have experienced significant manufacturing difficulties related to heat management and connectivity. Speaking of which, Bloomberg's report does not mention a new iPad Mini - despite rumors of the tablet's impending launch surfacing earlier.

AdvertisementThese devices are getting a nip here and a tuck there, resulting in their biggest redesign since... ever. Remember, the Mac Mini in its current form looks more like an Apple TV.

Other possible announcements include iMac refreshes and more information about the upcoming Mac Pro.

This is a rare East Coast event for Apple. However, post the event, the company removed all references of the wireless charger from its website. The company is set to launch the new Mac computers and iPad tablets on October 30 in Brooklyn, New York. However, given the lack of any concrete leaks confirming their existence, it does seem unlikely that we will see AirPods 2 being unveiled next week.

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