Ahead of Apple event, new Macs spotted in regulatory filing

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An icon found by9to5Mac in a previous iOS 12 beta reveals the difference between the current iPad Pro design, and what the new iPad Pro's will look like - even if it's just an icon.

Despite the new iPad Pro models sporting thinner bezels, the borders around the display will still be wide enough to accommodate the TrueDepth camera system needed to recognise users' faces to unlock the tablet and authenticate payments.

Apple originally launched the iPad Pro back in 2015.

What's surprising is that multiple reports and rumors point to Apple ditching the Lightning connector on its 2018 iPad Pro lineup and adopting USB-C instead. While the iPhone won over consumers, and the Watch is on a growing number of wrists, Apple is pushing content creation for its other major devices.

The new iPad Pros could also sport a more boxy design, reminiscent of the much-loved iPhone 4, and an all-metal aluminium back.

You can check out CNET's rumor round-up for what we're expecting at Apple's October event.

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It's unclear if Face ID will only work in portrait or landscape mode, or if Apple has figured out a way for it to identify faces in either orientation.

Apple already introduced new MacBook Pros but the rest of its macOS product line hasn't seen a refresh in a while. A custom Apple graphics chip, the first time this would be included in an iPad. It's now unclear what will be changed in this new Apple Pencil iteration, though extended battery life and a more efficient charging method are likely upgrades.

The iPad Pro update comes at an important time for the device, which hasn't been refreshed since mid-2017. The MacBook Air and Mac mini, a small desktop machine without a screen, have gone several years without notable changes. The MacBook Pro lineup is not going to be refreshed at the event since Apple has already updated it earlier this year with Intel's Coffee Lake chips and faster internals. While the tablet market is contracting overall, the iPad has been slowly regaining momentum thanks to new software and lower-priced models, but also because competitors like Amazon.com Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. haven't wowed the market lately. This, combined with interest in larger smartphones and competing PCs, led Apple to report the fewest Mac sales since 2010 in its fiscal third quarter. According to the report, Apple will add a Retina display to the new MacBook.

The new Mac Mini will reportedly feature an Intel's 8th-generation processor, modern ports, which, of course, will include USB-C and possibly a shift to faster SSD storage.

Apart from its refreshed 2018 iPad Pro lineup, Apple is also expected to unveil a new low-priced MacBook lineup. It appeared that three of the models listed in the EEC database were related to new MacBook Pros, though the A1932 in the database is likely to be an upcoming MacBook laptop.

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