Apple allegedly readying bezel-less iPad

Dora Pope
May 13, 2017

The image, which comes from an unknown Apple vendor, shows there'll be three cases for the iPad Pro 10.5 inch tablet that will be available in June. The fact that a large case manufacturer like Urban Armor is taking the possibility of a 10.5-inch iPad seriously lends weight to the rumors about the device's existence.

The new iPad Pro announcement could coincide with Apple's annual WWDC developer conference, which begins on June 5. A new edge-less iPad may win some of that back, especially if Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 follow-up is as uninspiring as rumoured.

Talking about the design aspect, the tablet is tipped to sport an entirely new look.

Rumors have it that the form factor of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will be same as that of 9.7-inch iPad Pro.

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The 12.9in version starts at £729, so there's plenty of room in the middle, say £629, for the base model of the 10.5in iPad Pro.

Increasing the screen size without changing the chassis dimensions could, however, mean Apple putting the home button and Touch ID sensor beneath the screen, and there are plenty of rumours - along with some patents - which suggest such a mechanism is under development (you can read about them in our iPhone 8 rumour roundup).

When is the 10.5in iPad release date? That didn't happen, but it further suggests that a June launch is possible. The availability of UAG cases for 10.5-inch iPad Pro in June is a good hint of the arrival of the new Apple tablet in the same month. Apple's expected to reveal new versions of its major software platforms (iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS) and possibly the rumored Siri-powered Echo killer. The yet to be announced tablet is rumored to have the thinnest bezels ever seen on an iPad, as all four edges of the screen extend almost to the four edges of the slate.

Of course, this is educated guesswork: we'll have to wait until Apple announces the hardware along with official pricing.

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