2018 iPad Pros will have much smaller bezels but possibly no headphone jack
Although the Silicon Valley-based company’s next iPad Pros aren’t expected to adopt an iPhone X-like notch, a significant reduction in bezels is expected to take place, something that looks set to minimize the size of Apple’s tablets dramatically. Starting off with the larger 12.9-inch model, a total of 25.7mm looks set to be shaved off of the device's height, bringing it down to just 280mm. Moreover, the new width measurement, which looks set to sit at 215mm, represents a reduction of over 5mm too. Also, Apple has managed to shave off 0.5mm of thickness on its largest offering. Moving on to the smaller iPad Pro, the current-generation model sports a 10.5-inch display but Apple will seemingly increase this to 11-inches on its 2018 offering. Despite the larger panel, though, the overall dimensions of the tablet are relatively unchanged, going from 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1mm to 247.5 x 178.7 x 6mm.
While the new iPhone-inspired bezel-less design that Apple’s iPad Pros look set to adopt will surely be met with praise by consumers, they may be less pleased to hear that the new tablets could be lacking one popular feature: the 3.5mm headphone jack. Also, unlike Apple's iPhones, the new tablets aren’t expected to ship with 3.5mm to Lightning dongles either.
Currently, the new 12.9-inch and 11-inch iPad Pros are expected to become official in the second week of September at Apple’s annual fall event. Here, aside from the new tablets, three new iPhone devices, and the new Apple Watch Series 4 are expected to make their debut.