iPad Pro 2018 leaks with slim bezels, no notch in sight!

iPad Pro 2018 leaks with slim bezels, no notch in sight!
Rumors of a new iPad pro with extremely thin bezels and Face ID have been floating around for a while now. Back in June, we tried to envision what a "bezel-less" iPad could look like — with and without a notch — and we discussed why the notchless design with slightly thicker bezels would actually make more sense for a tablet. Now, a couple of months later, we've got on our hands what could be the first legitimate leak of the iPad Pro 2018 and it looks remarkably similar to what we envisioned earlier in the year.

A handful of newly-leaked images showcase a supposed 3D CAD model of a new iPad Pro. One of the photos even reveals the thickness of the device, which measures in at just 5.86mm. Now that's thin.

Aside from the CAD models, we also have a couple of full-fledged renders of the iPad Pro 2018, coming from screen protector manufacturer Benks. The renders show the new iPad from the front, in all its bezel-less glory. We're not sure yet whether these images are 100 percent the real deal, but they are the closest we've gotten yet and are in line with everything we've heard thus far and expect from the new iPad Pro.

No Face ID?

Another interesting detail that these images potentially reveal is the omission of Face ID on the iPad Pro. This is in the realm of speculation, but if Benks' leaked screen protector is the real thing, it has a single opening above the screen for a single front-facing camera. This could potentially mean that Face ID isn't coming to the iPad Pro 2018 after all, as Apple's TrueDepth 3D face scanning system requires a second, infrared camera and other sensors to work.

There's a headphone jack

Apple may have discontinued the headphone jack on the iPhone, all iPad models still sport the beloved 3.5mm jack, including the 9.7 2018 model. If the new leak is any indication, the iPad Pro 2018 may also have it. The jack is clearly visible in one of the renders leaked by Benks, though it's hard to tell whether it's there on the CAD models, due to the relatively low quality of some of the photos.

What about the specs?

Although we have no confirmation yet, we expect Apple's latest and best mobile chip to be in the new iPad Pros. The new iPhones are powered by the A12 Bionic, built on a 7 nm process — it's not only more powerful but also more energy-efficient than last year's model. Supposedly, the processor in the new iPads would be called the A12X (chips in the iPads always have that X in them to denote they are slightly more powerful than the iPhone variant).

There has been no word on whether the RAM would be updated and we'd have to say chances are slim. Last time around, the iPad Pros had 4 GB of RAM. That's plenty enough for contemporary mobile devices, and especially for iOS, which loves to freeze anything and everything in the background, leaving a lot of free resources for whatever you are doing right now. However, since the current iPhone XS models have 4 GB of RAM themselves, it's possible that the iPad Pro gets bumped up to something like 6 GB. Still, that's just us guessing.

As for the display, if you were hoping for an OLED panel, there's no evidence that Apple will be switching away from LCD screens on its tablets and we kind of find it hard to believe that the company would do so at this stage. Why? For one, the 120 Hz LCD panels Apple uses for the iPad Pros right now are pretty awesome as they are. Then, there's the fact that a ton of AMOLED resources are going towards the new iPhones.

Here's all of the leaked iPad Pro 2018 images, courtesy of SlashLeaks:


source: SlashLeaks



1. Cat97

Posts: 1983; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Some people are so hilarious. How can there be a notch when the bezel width is like 6-8mm ? There is room for anything you want inside those bezels, a notch is only necessary when you want like 2mm bezels !

2. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016


3. mikedemoda

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

drop dead gorgeous

4. morgeus09

Posts: 107; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

iPhone Pro 2018.. yeah

5. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Haha was thinking the same, pretty sure they meant iPad Pro 2018

7. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

iPads do not have a phone ear piece on the top near the camera. The reason we have such a huge notch on the phone is because there are many sensors in there. Its already written in the code the new iPads with landscape orientation face id is coming. I would also think that it is common sense to know that face id is coming when removing touch ID.

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

My next new toy. Bring it on.

9. sgriffith10

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Wait... if there isn’t Face ID then wouldn’t there have to be a home button? I wouldn’t imagine they would add the corner to corner screen if they couldn’t even use the thumbprint verification anymore. Any info there?

11. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 392; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

That's looks stunning, well done apple

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31632; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If that’s it, then wowwwww! Very nice!

13. Valdomero

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

If that's the design then iOS 12 on iPads make total sense now, the new gestures will feel more natural on these devices.

14. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2276; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Beautiful! Getting the 12.9" for sure. I will be upgrading from my 10.5" Pro. All I need is the WIFI version. Why add $10/mo on your bill for LTE version. Mobile Hotspot works just as effective. LOL!

15. Foxgabanna unregistered

No cap! I'm cashing out! Android tablets are Doo Doo I gave them a try and wanted to shoot myself.

16. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Rounded corners are annoying.

19. midan

Posts: 3126; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Can't agree with that, it makes the device lines very smooth. That's one good looking tablet there.

18. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

So Google has found more courage than Apple after all. Amazing. Those round corners look disgusting though.

20. midan

Posts: 3126; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

That's one beautiful looking device, so smooth lines.

21. gamehead unregistered


23. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Looks identical to the Galaxy Tab S4 and Samsung Book tablet book for Windows. Apple already using their photocopiers that Flash saying other gonna do.... Lol

24. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Tab S4 does not have round display corners, fortunately. It's idiotic to cut off pieces of the screen for no reason. Maybe it will be just this render and not the actual tablet but these days...

26. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

It still looks similar. I never said it look exactly like it. You're trying to find one thing different. They are similar enough to get an idea Apple isn't doing something someone else didn't do already.

29. MDave

Posts: 210; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Personally I don't think this and the 16:10 Tab S4 are that close but whatever. The aspect ratio alone makes them quite different in my eye. But if you want to force the issue they all look similar at the end of the day, they're all tablets.

28. power21

Posts: 80; Member since: Jul 15, 2015

nice looking tablet.

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