iPad Pro rumors: 4K HDR video output over USB-C, flexible Face ID, and more

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Enlarge / The 10.5-inch iPad Pro. (credit: Andrew Cunningham)

Apple appears to be gearing up for another event later this month, and reports suggest we'll see revamped iPad Pros come out of it. According to a 9to5Mac report, "sources familiar with the development" of the new iPad Pro models revealed that the tablets will have nearly edge-to-edge displays, no Home button, Face ID support, 4K video output via a USB-C port, and other new features.

Renders of the new iPad Pros have been floating around for a few weeks. They show slabs with barely-there bezels surrounding all four sides of the screen—no Home button or notch in sight. Whereas the screens on the new iPhones require a notch to accommodate Apple's TrueDepth camera technology, it appears the new iPad Pros will have bezels wide enough to support the camera. This makes sense because tablets typically have wider bezels than smartphones to withstand all the ways users grab them.

The report from 9to5Mac claims the new iPad Pros will support Face ID in both landscape and portrait mode, a feature that none of the newest iPhones can technically claim. Setting up Face ID on an iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR requires holding the handset in portrait mode so it can scan and read your facial features. Reportedly, Face ID will be set up on the new iPad Pros in the same way—in portrait mode—but users will be able to unlock the tablet using their face in both portrait and landscape modes.

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