2018 iPad to ditch home button, adopt Face ID

Tomas Mccoy
November 10, 2017

However, the new version of the tablet is unlikely to include an OLED screen, which provides more vivid colors and sharper clarity, the people said. Production problems and supply constraints with its OLED panels mean they'll be limited to the iPhone through 2018.

Face ID and an edge-to-edge display will come to the iPad in 2018, according to a report from Apple insider Mark Gurman.

Ever since the first iPad was unveiled, its design has largely remained the same: A thin (ish) black rectangle that transmits social media streams of stupidity at you, finished off by the iconic home button at the bottom. Hardware specs are also set to be upgraded, in addition to a revamped Apple Pencil.

As you may not know, the sales for iPad has been decreasing over the years. Year-to-date, AAPL has gained 54.06%, versus a 17.57% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period. Apple actually cut down on bezels with its latest 10.5-inch iPad, but it looks like the next one will eliminate borders to further extremes. Still, the iPad has brought Apple $4.8 billion of revenue in the past quarter alone.

To make sure the new iPad comes with enough changes to make it interesting, we hear that Apple also plans to give it a new processor and an updated graphics adapter, next to an updated Apple Pencil stylus and new software tools for it. Of course new developments related to tablet released this year is the revolutionary iPhone X.

Apple is working on a completely redesigned high-end new iPad that will have an "all screen" display with thinner bezels and Face ID like the iPhone X. Early reception has been positive for the feature, which also allows for payment authentication and sending Animojis, an animated emoji based on a user's facial movements and speech. KGI already predicted that Face ID will come to the iPad Pro lineup in 2018, and today's report adds several additional details including the possibility of a redesign.

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