Take an early look at the redesigned 2018 iPad Pro

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This is the best image yet of the 2018 iPad Pro.
This is the best image yet of the 2018 iPad Pro.
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A leaked product image goes a long way toward confirming that the 2018 iPad Pro is getting a significant redesign. Apple’s next tablet is shown in a folding case, but it’s clear that the bezels have shrunk and the Home button has disappeared, just as previous rumors indicated.

The image also clearly shows the front-facing sensors needed for Face ID.

Big 2018 iPad Pro details spilled in new leak

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Here's what to expect from the 2018 iPad Pro.
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It is looking increasingly likely that Apple will deliver a new iPad Pro lineup before the end of 2018. A new report, citing a number of sources familiar with the company’s plans, reveals some things we can look forward to.

Here’s what to expect from the next-generation iPad Pro’s display, Face ID, Apple Pencil, and more.

Microsoft scarcely tweaked the design of its iPad Pro competitor

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One of the major changes in the Surface Pro 6 is it comes in black. Woo.
One of the major changes in the Surface Pro 6 is it comes in black. Woo.
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Microsoft today unveiled a new generation of its Surface Pro 2-in-1. This has a faster processor than its predecessor but other than that remains practically unchanged. The long hoped for USB-C port is still missing.

The improvements are so marginal that Microsoft is left emphasizing that the Surface Pro 6 is available in a new color.

5 reasons we expect an Apple October press event

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The iPad mini was unveiled at an October event. Just like 2012, we're expecting another Apple press event this fall.
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At its huge press event last month, Apple took the wraps off the iPhone XS, XR and Apple Watch Series 4. But we don’t think that’s everything the company is going to unveil this season.

Here are five good reasons why we think Apple will hold another press event in October to show us new tablets, laptops and desktops.

iOS 12.1 confirms new iPads are on the way

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Looks like the rumored 2018 iPad Pro models are coming after all.
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The September Apple event came and went without any mention of the iPad Pro models that had been the stars of so many rumors. But there’s still hope! Buried deep in the just-released iOS 12.1 beta 1 is a clear reference to an iPad on the docket for this fall.

So be patient. The redesigned tablets we’ve heard so much about could be coming soon.

iPad Pro and AirPower go totally MIA at Apple event

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The much-rumored 2018 iPad Pro models didn't appear at today's Apple press event.
The much-rumored 2018 iPad Pro models didn't appear at today's Apple press event.
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Apple just unveiled new iPhones and Apple Watch models. But some other hotly-anticipated products were left out of today’s event.

No mention was made of the iPad Pro tablets that have been in so many rumors. And the AirPower wireless charging mat still doesn’t have a release date.

Reliable analyst says iPad Pro will have a USB-C port

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The 2018 iPad Pro has every change we hoped for. And some of the ones we feared.
The mystery port on the 2018 iPad Pro models could be USB-C.
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This report would probably be dismissed out of hand if it came from anyone else, but when Ming-Chi Kuo says the 2018 iPad Pro will have a USB-C port it has to be taken seriously.

This analyst has a long history of reliable predictions, so its possible Apple is finally going to make a change to its professional tablets that many people have been requesting for years.

Here’s what we think we know about the 2018 iPad Pro lineup

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Both the 2018 iPad Pro tablets have undergone the most significant redesign yet.
Both the 2018 iPad Pro tablets have apparently undergone the most radical redesign yet.
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Apple is about to make the most significant change to its iPad lineup since 2015. And you don’t have to wait to find out what’s coming because just about all the details have already leaked out.

From what we can tell, Apple is going to make its Pro tablets better by making them smaller. However, there are some odd changes that have many people worried.

2018 iPad Pro redesign is both brilliant and stupid

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The 2018 iPad Pro has every change we hoped for. And some of the ones we feared.
The 2018 iPad Pro reportedly has every change we hoped for. And some of the ones we feared.
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Apple appears poised to unveil the most significant redesign of the iPad in years. Renders of 2018’s iteration of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro have leaked out, showing that this model will include changes that will make it the best tablet Apple ever released.

It also includes some bone-headed design decisions that users will just have to deal with.

2018 iPad Pro might make a change you’ll hate

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Smaller bezels will reportedly be a highlight of the 2018 iPad Pro, but will that make up for a huge drawback?
Photo: Álvaro Pabesio

The next-generation iPad Pro is going to have some nice improvements, like smaller screen bezels resulting in an edge-to-edge look.

But not every change is likely to go down well with fans. Apple is also supposedly going to remove the headphone jack, as it has done in its iPhone line. But that’s probably not the move that will draw the most criticism.