Sunday, 19 November, 2017

New 2018 iPad Pro concept imagines Face ID & bezel-less design

Apple's iPad could drop the home button and add Face ID in 2018 Redesigned
Cecilia Poole | 09 November, 2017, 01:09

The tablet will reportedly launch in 2018 and not only add Face ID, but will have an updated design with "noticeably" smaller bezels than previous iPad Pro models.

The iPad Pro 3 with Face ID is said to have a screen size that's similar to that of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. 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.

With the recent news making the 2018 iPad Pro updates seem more and more likely, Benjamin Geskin has shared how stunning an nearly bezel-less iPad Pro could be.

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.

Just as it did for the iPhone, getting rid of the Touch ID home button will allow Apple to trim the iPad's bottom bezel closer to the device's edge. More likely is early 2018 alongside the annual iPad refresh which we hope will have Face ID. But demand waned and global tablet sales declined 17 percent the past three years. Still, the iPad has brought Apple $4.8 billion of revenue in the past quarter alone. OLED screens more accurately reproduce colors, but are more hard to produce in mass quantities than standard liquid-crystal displays.

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. Bloomberg says that the majority of display suppliers don't have the ability to make OLED panels for the iPad, with only Samsung Display being the exception. Given that the new iPad model is about a year away from release, the plans could change due to supply and manufacturing constraints on Face ID components, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren't public. As we've seen with the iPhone X, it will be replaced with FaceID as the sole method of logging in via biometrics, according to Bloomberg. Apple's facial recognition feature is used like Touch ID to unlock a user's device and for approving payments using Apple Pay.

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