Cupertino isn't dealing in witchcraft. The manufacturer will simply offset the larger screen size with smaller bezels, Macotakara says. Citing an "informed" source in Taiwan, the site describes a nearly, but not entirely, bezel-less slate. The border housing the FaceTime camera will remain intact, while side bezels are reduced and the home button is retired.
A nip here and a tuck there, meanwhile, might leave some extra junk in the trunk: Macotakara tipped an increase in tablet thickness to 7.5mm, the same girth as the iPad Air—likely a consequence of battery redistribution. Similarly, the 12.9-inch device is expected to grow to 7.2mm thick, suggesting additional bezel cutbacks.
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Macotakara last month reported a third iPad Pro size—7.9 inches—potentially intended to replace the current iPad mini. The new slate would join the flagship 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a resized 10.1-inch model (stretched out from 9.7 inches). That largely corroborates the last major iPad rumor, which came from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in August, when he predicted a new 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2, and new "low-cost" 9.7-inch model.