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(Pocket-lint) - A new report suggests that Apple may finally look to embrace the iPad Pro as a primarily landscape-native device. 

The change would shift the front-facing camera and Face ID sensor 90 degrees so that the components are best optimised when attached to a keyboard folio, such as Apple’s highly-regarded Magic Keyboard case.

Should Apple choose to go through with the revision, the move would be a formal concession that the company no longer envisions the professional-level iPad as a handheld media device but rather a more traditional laptop replacement based within the confines of a timeless keyboard and trackpad configuration. 

All evidence points to this being true, as after years of holding out, not only did the Cupertino-natives finally add mouse support to iPadOS, but unabashedly embrace it with the aforementioned Magic Keyboard case - which can be seen connected to the iPad Pro in nearly every single press photo the company produces. 

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The leaker also notes that the change would also come with a rotation of the Apple Logo on the back, moving in line with the new camera system making the machine look a lot more like a MacBook rather than a vertically handheld iPad OS device (think iPad mini).  

For what it’s worth, on the back of Apple’s official Magic Keyboard case, the company’s logo already sits in a landscape position. 


Writing by Alex Allegro. Originally published on 24 September 2021.