New iPad Pro Concept Envisions Face ID, Minimized Bezels, and More

Rumors swirled early this year that Apple was planning on introducing new iPad Pro models at its Worldwide Developers Conference keynote in June, but, here we are on July’s doorstep with no new iPads to talk about.

So now the attention is diverted to September, where the rumor mill expects that Apple will be announcing a pair of new iPad Pro models at its event later this year (alongside three new iPhones!). We have already seen some concepts regarding a new iPad Pro, envisioning a future where Apple’s high-end tablets offer minimized bezels and other features borrowed from the iPhone X. And now there is a new concept that takes a shot at what Apple may be bringing to the table in just a few months.

The new concept was put together by designer Álvaro Pabesio, and you can see the full vision through the source link below. A few of the major takeaways are the most obvious: Minimized bezels that also allow for rounded edges. The minimized bezels also mean that there isn’t a physical Home button in this year’s lineup, either.

That lack of a Home button means that the new iPad Pro models will support Apple’s facial recognition technology, Face ID. To do that, the new tablets will also support the TrueDepth camera system that Apple developed for that feature (and Animoji/Memoji). The concept outlines Apple’s support for horizontal Face ID unlocks, the ability to recognize up to four faces, and even better range.

Multitasking on these new iPad Pro models would get an upgrade, too, with floating apps allowing for folks to simply bring an app like the calculator to the foreground for quick input. That would be handled by Apple’s Continuity feature in Pabesio’s vision.

Other tidbits: the concept also suggests Apple may adopt a pair of rear cameras on at least one of the iPad Pro models, with two 12-megapixel shooters crafted in a horizontal fashion on the back. It also looks like the back panel may be glass.

Be sure to check out Pabesio’s concept in full through the link below.

Our Take

The new iPad Pro models have a lot of hype already, even being a few months out. And after not getting new models in June, there are certainly some people eagerly anticipating what Apple is going to offer. Can the company match the hype? Only time will tell.

What do you want to see in a new iPad Pro lineup?

[via 9to5Mac; Behance]