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2018 iPad Pro: renders show no Home button, no notch

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The first big design change for iPad Pro

It’s less than a week since the name and design of the iPhone XS and Apple Watch 4 leaked, and it’s not long until Apple’s big September Event will officially reveal all about those products.

Meanwhile, rumor has it there’s an updated iPad Pro coming soon, too, but probably not until a bit later in the year. For now, we can get a preview thanks to some realistic 3D renders that have surfaced from MySmartPrice. The renders are supposedly based on leaked CAD drawings of the new designs.

The most obvious change shown here is the display; thanks to smaller bezels around the edges, the screen size has increased while the Home button has disappeared. However, the bezels aren’t quite as small as the iPhone X, which means there’s room for Face ID without cutting a “notch” into the display.

It also appears to sport more angular chamfered edges than previous iPads, and is a little reminiscent of the iPhone 4 design. The cellular version also adopts split antenna strips at the top and bottom of the device.

There are also a couple of changes that users might not be so happy about. Firstly, following in the footsteps of the iPhone, there’s no conventional headphone jack. Secondly, the smart connector used to attach accessories has moved to the short side of the device near the Lightning port – which could mean Apple’s smart keyboard would only work in portrait orientation.

What do you think of these changes? We’re certainly looking forward to the official unveiling so we can see how close these renders came to the final version.