Reports: Apple Launching iPad With Face ID And No Home Button In 2018

With the successful release of iPhone X, now that Apple reportedly working on a redesigned iPad that would remove the device’s home button in favor of the new Face ID system. The question is whether the iPad with Face ID have a notch like iPhone X. Bloomberg reports that the new iPad next year, will feature a display size “similar” to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. It’s likely to be released “later next year.” Also concludes the fact there will be an improved Apple Pencil under development and expected to launch alongside the updated tablet.

2018 iPad Pro likely to have Face ID and no Home button

Apple has removed the Touch ID fingerprint scanner from the new iPhone X, in a similar fashion, to get rid of the Home button on the 2018 iPad. It will allow Apple to trim the iPad’s button bezel closer to the device’s edge, think so. This would result in a more immersive screen that fills nearly the entire front of the next iPad.

Before you conclude anything, you have to note that the Cupertino-based company has already reduced the iPad Pro’s side bezels significantly with the 10.5″ model that went on sale in June. However, the Bloomberg‘s report doesn’t confirm the fact whether or not it would have the iPhone X’s signature “notch” up top.

Current iPads still using a physical, clicking Home button feature – and that feels a touch out of date after last year’s iPhone 7 switched to a non-moving button that simulates presses with vibration. The same Apple did with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus this year.

There’s no official confirmation to use OLED for the 2018 iPad lineup but rather will stick with LCD. According to the report. “Technical and financial constraints” are preventing the same display technology transition that the top-tier iPhone made this year.” While Samsung utilizes high-resolution OLED screens both for its Android-powered Galaxy tablets and the 12-inch Galaxy Book that runs Windows. In fact, those products Samsung produces don’t sell at nearly the same volume as iPads, so the “constraint” would likely be whether Samsung can make enough screens for iPad demand. And if Samsung Display can’t, it’s counterpart LG or other supplies could.

Other details regarding the re-imagined iPad remain a mystery. Will it also change to a glass back to allow for wireless charging? Will it get that water resistant certificate? Bloomberg estimates that the launch is about a year out, so we might not see it until fall 2018. And the reports warn that Face ID integration could be nixed due to supply issues between now and then. Stay tuned for more!

(Via: The Verge)

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