Leak Suggests New iPad Pro Models Unlikely to Debut at Today’s Apple Event

Apple has suffered an embarrassing leak of its major product
announcements today, just hours ahead of its much-publicized
Gather
Round
” event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park.

An XML sitemap file briefly available on Apple.com included
intended URL links for Apple’s
entire iPhone lineup
as well as the company’s redesigned

Apple Watch Series 4
, but one product line noticeably
absent from the list of links was the iPad Pro.


Apple has been working on updated iPad Pro models that adopt an
iPhone X-style design with slimmer bezels and no Home button,
with the iPads instead set to gain a TrueDepth Camera System
that will allow Face ID to be used for biometric authentication
purposes.

Rumors have suggested the new iPad Pro models will be available
in screen sizes that are approximately 11 and 12.9 inches, with
Apple using chamfered edges that are similar in design to the
iPhone SE. The antenna lines on the device may also be located
at the top and bottom, similar to the iPhone 7.

Based on today’s leak, there’s a good chance Apple has decided
to hold over its new iPad Pro announcement for a separate
October launch event. If that’s the plan, Apple will likely
also use next month’s event to announce a raft of new Macs,
including refreshed iMacs, a new Mac mini, and a new low-cost
MacBook Air.

Additionally, a question mark remains over the fate of the
Apple’s AirPower wireless charging mat. Apple introduced the
AirPower in September 2017 and promised to launch it in 2018,
but development issues have delayed its release.


The AirPower is designed to charge the Apple Watch (Series 3
and 4), glass-backed iPhones, and AirPods all at the same time,
with a wireless charging case required to enable wireless
charging for the AirPods.

In July, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman claimed Apple aims to
release its multi-device AirPower charging mat “before
or in September
“, however there’s no mention of the
AirPower in today’s aforementioned leaked XML sitemap.

On the other hand, Apple could be planning to host the device
on its website under a generic “Accessories” listing, which
could theoretically give it a non-identifying URL link. But
given the clear listing of the company’s other upcoming
products, that possibility seems unlikely at this stage.

Of course, Apple could still surprise us later today by
unveiling both its new iPad Pro lineup and the AirPower, but
we’ll just have to wait and see.

The keynote begins at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. MacRumors will
be covering the event live from Steve Jobs Theater, with a live
blog, hands-on photos, news stories, videos, and live tweets
via @MacRumorsLive on
Twitter.

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