A Macotrakara report details that the 2nd generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the 3rd generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be smaller than their predecessors.
The report says that the 2nd generation 10.5-inch iPad Pro will measure 247.5 x 178.7 x 6mm. For comparison, the existing 10.5-inch iPad Pro measures 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1mm.
Similarly, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will have dimensions of 280 x 215 x 6.4mm which makes it relatively smaller than the 2nd gen. iPad Pro which has dimensions of 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9mm. The bigger 12.9-inch iPad Pro is getting a bigger reduction in size compared to the 10.5-inch model. This should help make the former tablet slightly more portable to carry around.
Apple will be able to make the new iPad Pros smaller by ditching Touch ID and replacing it with Face ID. However, it looks like contrary to rumors, Apple will not be implementing landscape Face ID support on the iPad Pros. This might pose a problem for many since consumers tend to prefer using their iPad in landscape mode preferably.
Sadly, the trend that Apple started with the iPhone 7 of dropping the headphone jack is going carry over to its iPad Pro lineup this year. The company will be ditching the headphone jack on its upcoming generation of iPad Pros and worse, it won’t be bundling a 3.5mm-to-Lightning adapter with the device.
Apple will also be repositioning the Smart Connector on these tablets to the “lower rear side” near the Lightning connector. If true, this means that all existing Smart Connector-based accessories in the market will probably not be compatible with the new iPads.
Due to this new position, the Smart Keyboard for the next-generation iPad Pro will also switch to a vertical layout. If true, this might be counter-intuitive for many so it remains to be seen how Apple implements this change.
This report does raise a lot of questions about Apple’s upcoming iPad Pro lineup. The lack of landscape support in Face ID, a repositioned Smart Connector, and the lack of 3.5mm jack will probably end up being a deal breaker for many.