New renders show 2018 iPad Pro in all its glory

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The 2018 iPad Pro has supposedly been redesigned without without the Home button. And without a Lightning port too.
The 2018 iPad Pro has supposedly been redesigned without without the Home button. And without a Lightning port too.
Photo: Viktor Kádár

Apple is expected to unveil the next-generation iPad Pro at the end of this month. An industrial design student from Hungary. just couldn’t wait. 

He created a collection of images of this upcoming tablet showcasing the significant redesign that’s been all over the Internet. The rumored USB-C port isn’t overlooked either.

Numerous unconfirmed reports indicate that the 2018 iPad Pro will be the first without a Home button. This means the tablet will have Face ID instead of Touch ID.

The bezels of the 2018 iPad Pro models are supposedly shrinking, but not the screens.
The bezels of the 2018 iPad Pro models are supposedly shrinking, but not the screens.
Photo: Viktor Kádár

Removing the large button from the front means that Apple can also remove the over-sized bezels that used be be above and below the display. This will allow the overall size to shrink.

Hungarian student Viktor Kádár took these reports and and created a series of renders of both the upcoming 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

2018 iPad Pro and USB-C

The student’s images include several showing the USB-C port that has been featured in several rumors. If this port really does replace the Lightning connector on the 2018 iPad Pro, it would be a change even more significant than the move from Touch ID to Face ID.

Code in iOS 12.1 shows that the USB-C port will be enable external monitors to be used. It’s not yet known what other accessories might be compatible with Apple’s next tablets, though.

Kádár doesn’t explore the mysterious port on the right edge of the 2018 iPad Pro. It’s there on leaked CAD drawings but no one has a good explanation for it yet. These new renders just include a placeholder bump.

None of the industrial design student’s renders show the Smart Connector that’s apparently moving from the left edge of the iPad to the back of the device, just above the USB-C port.

A highlight of the 2018 iPad Pro could be a USB-C port.
A highlight of the 2018 iPad Pro could be a USB-C port.
Photo: Viktor Kádár

All the remaining questions about this tablet will be answered on Oct. 30 when Apple holds its second Fall press event. Not only is the 2018 iPad Pro models expected there, but a new MacBook Air and Mac mini too.