Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
IT | By Emmett Cole

Apple ‘leaks’ 2018 iPad Pro design ahead of the launch

Apple ‘leaks’ 2018 iPad Pro design ahead of the launch

But other changes are coming to Apple's high-end tablets. Alternatively, Apple could do away with the Air model entirely, and this new low-priced model could just be an entry-level evolution that's part of the general non-Pro MacBook line. That will leave the iPhone as the only high profile Apple device to use the Lightning connector. According to 9to5Mac, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from TF International Securities, who has accurately predicted Apple releases in the past, expects the new iPad Pro models will have an 11-inch or a 12.9-inch display.

After refreshing the MacBook Pros earlier this year, it looks as though Apple is going to turn its attention to the rest of its laptops at the October 30 event.

The contradicting bit is related to the general outer aspect of the new iPads.

Recently leaked iOS 12.1 beta, Apple has included a new bezel-less iPad icon hinting that the upcoming Pro tablet series will indeed embrace the edge-to-edge display feature of the iPhone X series and also boast Face ID security feature. It's very possible there will be more than one model of this new iPad Pro, varying either in size or storage capacity (or both). Consequently, we've seen reports that Apple's new iPad Pros might be as thin as 5.86mm, which would make the devices the thinnest iPad models we've seen yet. Since it's USB-C, there's a chance that it could also support fast charging via a compatible USB-C PD power adapter. They also just started selling an Apple Watch charging cable with USB-C on the other end rather than USB-A, so it makes sense.

And what about the iPad Mini?

The new entry-level laptop will replace the MacBook Air, which Steve Jobs originally pulled out of a manila envelope a decade ago.

An updated Apple Pencil, succeeding the original version launched in 2015.

The Mac Mini rises from the dead? AirPower, which has seen numerous delays (as recently as last month), was removed nearly entirely from Apple's website.

The beauty of the Mac Mini is of course the way it can be used with any screen, keyboard and mouse (you can even pick it up and take it from room to room, or from the house to the office, if you want). Wireless charging pads aren't uncommon at this point, and alongside an update to AirPods that could possibly include a new wireless chip that enables "Hey Siri" functionality (instead of having to physically double-tap your earbuds to activate it), we might finally be able to just plop our headphones down on a mat to top them off.

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