Apple's next iPad will have face recognition instead of home button

Isaac Cain
November 9, 2017

They asked not to be identified talking about private product development.

The company's next iPad Pro is expected to ditch its home button in favor if Face ID, much like the iPhone X, according to a new Bloomberg report. A major change to the appearance of iPads could give users a reason to upgrade their existing tablets and attract new users.

The removal of the Home button would allow for much thinner bezels around an iPad display. An Apple spokeswoman declined comment.

Now the iPad may be having something of a comeback. Now, Apple has had some positive results with rising iPad sales to account for $4.8 billion of revenue during its last fiscal reporting period.

Apple allegedly still sees the iPad as the future of mainstream computing and continues investment in the series.

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Now there are two versions of the iPad Pro available - a second-generation 12.9-inch model, and a 10.5-inch model released in June, 2017. Earlier in 2017, Apple released a cheaper version priced at $329 to boost sales. It's possible that we won't see an Apple Pencil 2 this year at all. OLED screens more accurately reproduce colors, but are more hard to produce in mass quantities than standard liquid-crystal displays. It is doubtful competing companies, such as LG Electronics, would have the ability to supply these panels for a model to be released next year.

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Of note, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted an iPad Pro 3 with Face ID next year, but we now have a few new details about what the device could have.

Like the iPhone X, the new iPad is also expected to include a faster processor and a custom Apple graphics processing unit.

A new report from Bloomberg says that Apple is working on a redesigned high-end iPad for 2018.

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