Apple expected to announce new iPad Pro without home button

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Another big change coming to the iPad Pro lineup, according to Kuo, is the removal of Apple's Lightning connector. The event is going down in Brooklyn, and is invite only.

Apple's launch event for the 2018 iPad Pro refresh is just two days away. If it happens, it'll be nice to see this increasingly industry-standard connection on another Apple product, given that the iPhones are still sticking with Lightning connectors. Both models, while not including a notch, will offer Face ID in both portrait and landscape orientations.

The iPad Pro update comes at an important time for the device, which hasn't been refreshed since mid-2017, and is the most significant in the product's history.

Last year, Apple didn't have an October event.

Maybe you don't want a new Apple tablet, or a new Apple laptop, but there's still more for you to look forward to at the October 30 event: new desktop Macs, including (perhaps) a surprise with a brand new Mac Mini.

The icon's lack of a traditional Home button also seems to indicate that the new iPad Pro will carry Face ID unlock functionality powered by a front-facing camera (which should be easy enough to hide within the tablet's top bezel area).

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The iPad Pro is the best tablet you can buy right now but it's also very expensive.

The tagline is "There's more in the making" - whatever that means.

And what about the iPad Mini? There's no reason to believe Apple won't once again livestream the event on its site, but Gizmodo will also be there, keeping you looped in on all the new hardware and why it matters. The Cupertino-based tech firm is rumoured to launch new iPad Pro models at the event and we may also see an upgraded version of the MacBook Pro laptops.

The first update to the Mac mini since 2014, adding new processors and features for professional users. AirPower, which has seen numerous delays (as recently as last month), was removed nearly entirely from Apple's website.

Much attention will be on the battery of the new MacBook Air, with previous models varying between five hours and ten hours. Wireless charging pads aren't uncommon at this point, and alongside an update to AirPods that could possibly include a new wireless chip that enables "Hey Siri" functionality (instead of having to physically double-tap your earbuds to activate it), we might finally be able to just plop our headphones down on a mat to top them off.

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