Rumor: New iPad Pro Gains Face ID, But Ditches The Headphone Jack
Apple is currently working on a new version of the iPad Pro, and it appears that the new revision will bring a big change. Apple is reportedly planning to get rid of the home button, implement Face ID and use much smaller bezels. It’s also likely that the company will decide to remove the headphone jack from the Pro tablets entirely.
The Japanese Apple website Macotakara has previously reported the above rumors, and it appears at least some of them are now being indirectly confirmed by Apple themselves. According to the Japanse publication, who has sources within the production chain, the size of the iPad Pro will decrease rather significantly by reducing the bezels. The 3,5 mm audio jack would also disappear.
Apple has just recently launched the latest developer beta of iOS 12, which includes an interesting detail regarding iPad designs. The operating system has two images: one that resembles the current line-up of iPads, and another image showing an iPad without a Home button and much smaller bezels. Aside from these images, there’s also code in the developer beta heavily suggesting that Face ID would make its way to the new iPad Pro devices, especially since there won’t be a home button for biometric authentification anymore.
Despite the references in iOS 12, the company hasn’t stated anything about a new iPad Pro yet, but will likely do so in the coming months. Perhaps the new iPad Pro models are set to be unveiled alongside the next generation of iPhones in September.