Soon after Apple started selling the iPhone 8 series last September, and weeks before the iPhone X was supposed to launch, we found out that Apple might be working on a cheaper iPhone model for 2018.

Apple is set to drop the 3.5mm audio jack from the upcoming iPad Pro tablets.

iPhone X devices with the OLED panels are tipped for bezels twice as thick coming in at 1mm. The displays are said to have a 0.5mm thin bezel, which is slimmer than the bezels on the iPhone X. They also suggest that the LCD iPhone will be just a little uglier than its siblings precisely because Apple has to use LCD instead of OLED screen technology on it.

The latest report in Japan's Macotakara blog claims the iPhone 6.1-inch LCD variant will sport a "FULL ACTIVE" display.

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The 2018 iPad Pro model with the 10.5-inch display is going to be slightly smaller in size than the current model, whereas the 12.9-inch model would shrink in size and thickness compared to the current generation. Due to the way the various sensors and cameras are placed in the iPhone X, specifically the dot projector, the device can recognize your face only when holding it in portrait mode (which is the most common way to hold a phone anyway).

This would be a very interesting move for Apple, as it would require a significant shift away from using the iPad Pro in landscape. We will have to wait and see if any or all of the news are true.

Apple claimed the headphone jack was removed to improve water resistance and to make space for internal components like a bigger battery, the Taptic Engine, and the rear camera system. The iPhone 7, which was launched in 2016, was the first Apple device to not feature the headphone jack.

There have also been other reports stating that Apple may be adding another model to the iPad Pro lineup, one with an 11-inch display, and also a newer keyboard.


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