Apple reportedly working on iPad with Face ID for 2018

09 November, 2017, 00:28 | Author: Bridget Leonard
  • Apple's iPad could drop the home button and add Face ID in 2018

Bloomberg states that the new iPad will not have an OLED display, something the iPhone X has and what's responsible for what the experts call the best smartphone display ever tested.

Notably, the general consensus surrounding Face ID is that the feature works exactly as advertised. 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. Additionally, the new iPad will come with an upgraded processor, GPU, and Apple Pencil Stylus, which will come with a new set of software-enabled features.

Dropping the home button on the iPad would allow for a larger screen in the same physical footprint. "The iPad Pro 10.5" was released in June 2017, while the new model is expected to launch a bit more than a year after the original.


Citing sources, who asked not to be identified talking about private product development, the report adds that at least one new iPad model with a screen size similar to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is planned to include Face ID for unlocking the device, making payments, and sending animated emojis. (I think I'd value that more than Face ID, personally.) Bloomberg estimates that the launch is about a year out, so we might not see it until fall 2018, and the report warns that Face ID integration could be nixed due to supply issues between now and then.

While it's understandable that the company would want to bring the latest tech to its tablet range, is an iPad without a Home button and Touch ID really desirable?

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

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