Way before the iPhone X was announced, the masses first caught a glimpse of what it would look like through the revelation of Face ID on the supposed iPhone 8. Now, it looks like an asset found in iOS 12 developer beta 5 is hinting at an entry into the iPad Pro lineup that will also be a bezel-less model.
The asset in question features an icon of a tablet like that of existing iPads, but with a few key things missing. These are the top and bottom bezels, as well as the home button. More interesting than the absence of those is the fact that the notch that follows bezel-less devices of today, including the first bezel-less Apple device, the iPhone X, is also nowhere to be found on the icon.
The image below illustrates the difference, with the new icon in question being on the right.
Granted, the icon is part of the battery usage UI and as such is essentially pixel art. So it can be difficult to have it illustrate a notch, especially if it’s as small as and in the shape of a teardrop. That said, the absence of the notch could mean a myriad of things if you really want to speculate, like the iPad Pro needing less sensors where the notch would be compared to the iPhone X.
If everything here is as it seems, then it would corroborate the Bloomberg report from late last year that said iPads of 2018 will come with slimmer bezels and FaceID. But until Apple makes an official announcement, it’s best to not take all this too seriously. With that said, with iOS 12 slated for fall – or in our case, late September – it is not going to be long before we find out for sure if the new iPad Pro is indeed a bezel-less model.