Apple is willing to go thicker for better tech.
What you need to know
- The upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro will reportedly be thicker than the current generation.
- The new iPad will apparently be 0.5mm thicker to accommodate the mini-LED display.
The upcoming 12.9-inch iPad Pro might add some thickness in order to handle that mini-LED display.
As reported by MacRumors, the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro will be 0.5mm thicker than the current generation. This change in thickness is apparently due to the inclusion of a mini-LED display, a first for any Apple device. The outlet got its hands on photos from a “source that designs accessories for Apple devices.”
A source that designs accessories for Apple devices sent MacRumors a series of photos that feature exact dimensions for the new iPad Pro models, and while we can’t share the images themselves, we can share the leaked measurements, which are in line with measurements shared by Mac Otakara in February.
The 12.9-inch model will measure in at 280.65mm long (11.04 inches), 215mm wide (8.46 inches) and 6.4mm thick (0.25 inches). With the exception of the thickness, those dimensions are about the same as the dimensions of the current iPad Pro, and that matches up with rumors we’ve heard suggesting that there will be few design changes to the device.
6.4mm is 0.5mm thicker than the thickness of the current 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which is 5.9mm thick. The change in thickness may be due to the inclusion of the mini-LED display, a feature that will be unique to the 12.9-inch model.
In addition to the 12.9-inch iPad Pro increasing in overall thickness, it may also grow its camera bump. That’s in stark comparison to the new 11-inch iPad Pro, which is expected to stay the same size and potentially shrink its camera bump. This could be due to the rumor that the mini-LED display will be reserved for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
Prior rumors have indicated the camera lenses of the new iPad Pro models will protrude less, and there will be some small changes to the size of the camera bump. The design drawings suggest the camera bump will measure in at 27.67mm by 27.67mm, slightly larger than the prior 27mm x 27mm camera bump.
As for the 11-inch iPad Pro, the dimensions will remain largely the same, including the thickness. It will measure in at 247.6mm (9.74 inches) by 178.5mm (7.02 inches) by 5.9mm (0.23 inches).
There could, however, be more drastic changes to the camera bump size than on the 12.9-inch model. The current 11-inch iPad Pro has a camera bump that measures in at 26.7mm by 26.7mm, but the new version’s camera bump may be smaller at 25.3mm by 25.3mm.
The new iPad Pros are expected to be unveiled at tomorrow’s ‘Spring loaded’ Apple Event. In addition to new iPads, Apple is also rumored to announce its long-rumored AirTags, new Apple silicon iMacs, and even Apple Podcasts+.