Adieu, home button—Apple’s new iPad Pros have nearly edge-to-edge screens, FaceID

  • Tim Cook giving the audience what they’ve been waiting for.
  • The iPad Pro, revealed.
  • Storage options on the new iPad Pros.Valentina Palladino
  • Sizes and pricing info on the new iPad Pros.Valentina Palladino

NEW YORK–The new iPad Pros that have been rumored for months are now a reality. Apple revealed the latest editions of its premium tablets today at its “special event” in Brooklyn, New York. The announcement confirms some major new features that have been brought over from the most recent iPhones, like an edge-to-edge display and Face ID, plus tablet-specific features that have been talked about in the months leading up to the event.

The new iPads start at £649 with pre-orders beginning today.

The devices will ship November 7. The new iPad Pros come in three sizes (10.5-, 11-, 12.9-inches) and storage options ranging from 64GB to 1TB.

  • The new iPad Pros boast some Liquid Retina display-enabled visual boosts.Valentina Palladino
  • Think small(er).Valentina Palladino
  • No Notch! Yes FaceID!Valentina Palladino
  • The device also got a bit thinner in 2018.Valentina Palladino


The renders previously floating around the Internet accurately detailed the new iPad Pro design.

The new models, 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch in size, have slimmer bezels on all four sides of their displays. While the bezels aren’t as invisible as those on the iPhone XS and XS Max, they’re much thinner than we’ve seen on an iPad before. (Ars’ Samuel Axon noted the new iPads are virtually the size of a standard, 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper and they resemble the iPhone SE.) Those design changes leave zero space for the Home button, which Apple removed from the new iPad Pro.

While this doesn’t put the final nail in the coffin for TouchID, it does mean that none of Apple’s newest iOS devices has a fingerprint reader anymore. The company is betting big on Face ID, which makes its debut on Apple’s tablets in these new devices. Notably, the new iPad Pro doesn’t have the infamous notch found on new iPhones.

Instead, the top bezel space on the iPad Pro appears to be large enough to accommodate Apple’s True Depth camera system. This array, which includes a proximity sensor, ambient-light sensor, dot projector, front-facing camera, and other tech, powers Face ID so users unlock their devices just by looking at them.

  • Say whaaaaaat? An iDevice that cooperates with others (devices like cameras and displays)?Valentina Palladino
  • A quick look at what’s inside the new iPad Pros.Valentina Palladino
  • Apple beefed up the internals in its iPad Pro (2018)Valentina Palladino
  • Battery life: real good.Valentina Palladino


The new iPad Pro runs on Apple’s new A12X Bionic SoC–that delivers a 35 percent single core and 90 percent multi-core performance increase over last year’s iPad Pro according to the company.

Apple also deviated drastically from the norm in these new iPad Pros–they charge via USB-C, not Apple’s Lightning port. They are the first iOS devices to forgo Apple’s signature port, and it’s refreshing to see. Most OEMs are embracing USB-C, adding the port to their tablets, smartphones, laptops, and other devices.

While Apple’s MacBooks include Thunderbolt 3 ports, iPhones and iPad had remained tethered to the Lightning port until now. With the USB-C addition, the new iPad Pros support charging devices like your iPhone from your iPad Pro. Users can also connect the tablet to things like cameras or displays up to 5K.

  • Apple Pencil is back, too.Valentina Palladino
  • Kevin Durant getting ready for tip in an iOS-version of NBA 2KValentina Palladino
  • Close-up zoom on D’Angelo Russell to showcase the iPad Pro’s graphics capability (2K promises up to 60FPS gameplay)Valentina Palladino


The new iPad Pros boast a number of other niceties: Gigabit LTE and eSIM support, Bluetooth 5 compatibility, and four-speaker audio (with paired woofers/tweeters), for instance.

The included 12MP camera can shoot 4K and 60FPS. Apple claims the battery can last 10-hours, and the device comes with an 18W power adapter. Alongside the tablet refresh, Apple introduced the first major update to the Apple Pencil we’ve seen since the stylus debuted in 2015, alongside the original iPad Pro.

The new pencil has proximity pairing with the new iPads. Rather than physically connecting the Pencil to its accompanying iPad via the tablet’s charging port, the new Apple Pencil will pair to the device you want when they’re close to each other (similar to Apple’s AirPods). To exemplify all Apple has packed into this new, smaller tablet, VP of hardware engineering John Ternus compared it to a familiar bit of hardware. “The iPad Pro delivers Xbox One S-class graphics performance,” he said. “…in a product that’s 94 percent smaller.”

Demonstrating that, Apple showcased a console-grade demo of NBA 2K coming to IOS. Though Greg Thomas, executive VP at 2K, didn’t clarify how the game would control on a touchscreen (nor when it might launch), the game did look impressive.

2K is promising 60FPS gameplay. This story is developing since Apple’s event is still in progress.

We’ll add more details as they become available.

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