A new report from Japanese supply chain site Macotakara (via 9to5Mac) suggests that Apple could be refreshing its line of iPad Pro models by shrinking them down a bit, and eliminating the 3.5mm headphone jack, much like recent iPhone models.
The site notes that it’s possible that next year’s lineup could see their dimensions shrink a bit — the 10.5 inch models could be 247.5 mm high, 178.7 mm wide, and 6 mm thick (it’s currently 250.6 mm high, 174.1 mm tall and 6.1 mm thick), while the 12.9 inch models might come in at 280 mm tall, 215 mm wide and 6.4 mm thick (which is currently at 305.7 mm tall, 220.6mm wide, and 6.9 mm thick.)
The report also suggests that the iPad will come with FaceID — something we’ve already seen rumors about since late 2017, and which was seemly confirmed in a recent iOS 12 beta. Macotakara notes that the feature won’t work in landscape mode, and that accordingly, Apple might move the Lightning connector from the bottom to the when the iPad is vertical, and accordingly, the smart connector for the keyboard might be shifted to the bottom, near the Lightning connector, meaning that the tablet might be designed to be used vertically.
The report also hints that there could be some changes coming to the iPhone lineup as well, noting that a rumored 6.1 LCD model will feature a “full active” display with four narrow bezels, and utilizing a “Japan Pixel Eyes” sensor. It’s speculated that the upcoming phone will be a bit cheaper than last year’s iPhone X.
Apple is expected to hold its annual launch event in September, where it unveils the updates to its phones and tablets, and we’ll undoubtably see more rumors and leaks in the run-up to that.