Mockup of next-gen iPad Pro hints at in-bezel TrueDepth integration

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in iPad edited October 2018
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.

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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.

Though some fans believed Apple would bring the (in)famous TrueDepth notch over to iPad, the idea was never fully baked. Unlike iPhone, where both internal and external headroom is at a minimum, iPad presents a much larger palette onto which Apple can add new hardware.

Today's image lines up with a mountain of rumors suggesting Apple will move its tablet platform from Touch ID to TrueDepth and Face ID this year.

Earlier this month purported renderings also showed off a slim-bezel design with no Touch ID. Schematics included in the previous leak point to a squared-off aesthetic akin to iPhone SE, perhaps a consideration for fitting the TrueDepth component stack into the tablet's already thin silhouette.

Analysts and industry watchers expect the next iPad Pro models to come in 10.5- and 12.9-inch sizes and feature faster "A12X" processors. Beyond Face ID, Apple is also expected to replace Lightning with USB-C, a major shift that -- along with a redesigned Apple Pencil -- could help the tablet gain traction with creative professionals.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    mattinozmattinoz Posts: 1,633member
    Why do case makers produce such chunky, clunkly looking cases that remove any sense of niceness from the orginal device?

    Then make it worse by feeling the need to release mock ups before the event.
    christopher126repressthis
  • Reply 2 of 8
    I’m looking forward to Face ID on iPad Pro. I currently have a 12.9” (2017) and am disappointed with TouchID. TouchID worked well enough on my iPhones but I always have trouble with it on my iPads. I’ve set it up several times and in different orientations (for instance, flat on a table, sitting in the open position with the keyboard case, holding it in another hand) and I still have issues, much more frequently than I ever did on iPhone. But I rarely have to enter my passcode with Face ID so I feel like that will be a win (for me anyway) on iPad. 
    repressthis
  • Reply 3 of 8
    iqatedoiqatedo Posts: 1,724member
    mattinoz said:
    Why do case makers produce such chunky, clunkly looking cases that remove any sense of niceness from the orginal device?

    Then make it worse by feeling the need to release mock ups before the event.
    Such was my first impression. An opportunity perhaps.
    mattinoz
  • Reply 4 of 8
    hentaiboyhentaiboy Posts: 1,244member
    ihatescreennames said:
    TouchID worked well enough on my iPhones but I always have trouble with it on my iPads.
    +1
  • Reply 5 of 8
    mazda 3smazda 3s Posts: 1,607member
    mattinoz said:
    Why do case makers produce such chunky, clunkly looking cases that remove any sense of niceness from the orginal device?

    Then make it worse by feeling the need to release mock ups before the event.
    So you don’t destroy your $700 iPad Pro if it falls? I bought a chunky case (with an integrated Apple Pencil holder) to protect the 2018 9.7-inch iPad that my kids share. It goes through hell, but the iPad is unscathed. 

    If if you want slim cases, they make those too...
    tmayracerhomie3redgeminipa
  • Reply 6 of 8
    Every year I have the same question. When can I have a 65” iPad?  Well, this year I’ll update the request to 75”. 
  • Reply 7 of 8
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 13,377member
    mattinoz said:
    Why do case makers produce such chunky, clunkly looking cases that remove any sense of niceness from the orginal device?

    Then make it worse by feeling the need to release mock ups before the event.
    Believe me it is better to go chunky than to suffer from the chassis hitting something hard.   

    What you you should be asking is why doesn’t Apple have a hardened version of the iPad?   An industrial iPad if you will, we can call it Tough Pad. 
  • Reply 8 of 8
    This isn’t a new leak. It’s an old photo with a different background photoshopped in.
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