Apple is said to be working on a new high-end 2018 iPad Pro that is rumored to adopt many design cues from the iPhone X including Face ID and the complete removal of the Home button, and several other element changes newly discovered in iOS 12 appear to bear out those claims.
To prove it we have to go back to yesterday’s WWDC 2018 keynote where Apple has tweaked iPad gestures in iOS 12 in order to bring in line with gestures on iPhone X. For example, swiping up from the dock brings up the Home screen, as it does on iPhone X in lieu of a Home button.
In similar style, users now swipe down from the top right of the iPad to bring up Control Center, rather, swiping up from the button. This action was originally added in tandem with the iPhone X’s notch, which houses Apple’s face detection sensors and leaves an “ear” on either side of it.
Changes to status bar to accommodate a possible notch can also now be found in iOS 12’s iPad features – the time, day, and date are located on the upper left-hand side of the screen, while the right display’s the current Wi-Fi/LTE connection, Bluetooth status, and battery life indicator.
Likewise, it’s also possible Apple simply brought over the gestural and menu bar changes to iPad to create interface parity access its iOS lineup and is also likely paving the way for redesigned iPads widely believed to be coming later this year.
Report by Bloomberg from last year, the next-generation iPad Pro will feature a similar design, a faster processor, a custom Apple-built GPU, and a TrueDepth camera with support for Face ID. The tablet device will reportedly do away with the Home button, accordingly.
While the KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo stated he believes new iPad Pro models set to be released in 2018 will come equipped with a TrueDepth camera and will support Face ID on iPhone X-like. Currently, it’s unknown whether Apple will adopt a notch for the TrueDepth camera and sensors or simply integrate them into the surrounding bezel remains unclear.
There are several other speculations on Apple, whether it would unveil new hardware during last night’s keynote, but that didn’t happen. But nevertheless, we are now expecting the next round of iOS devices to appear in the coming fall. In the meantime, stay tuned to TechGiri for more details on all announcements at this year’s opening WWDC keynote.
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