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Apple’s Next iPad Pro to Include Slim Bezels, Face ID, and No Home Button

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Apple is rumored to be developing a new generation of its iPad Pro, according to a report out of Bloomberg. The device is said to include a design similar to the newly released iPhone X and come with more advanced technologies for security and interacting with the tablet.

Specifically, the new iPad Pro is said to feature a form factor similar to that of the current 10.5-inch iPad Pro but have very slim bezels like the iPhone X. The new iPad Pro will also eliminate the Home button like the X did, although Bloomberg didn’t disclose whether users will use gestures to go home. My guess would be just that.

Additionally, the new iPad Pro is said to include Face ID. Bloomberg says it’ll be used exactly like it is on the iPhone X in which it can identify your face and unlock your device, pay for things with Apple Pay on the web, and create Animojis.

But while we don’t know whether the sensors necessary for Face ID will live in a notch, we do know the new iPad Pro won’t have an OLED screen like the iPhone X. Bloomberg says this is due to “technical and financial constraints” since Samsung is the one supplying Apple with OLED panels and they simply don’t have the capability of meeting demand. Other OEMs like LG, Sharp, and Japan Display also aren’t able to meet demand.

So in a nutshell, at this point in time, it looks like the new iPad Pro will have an LCD bezel-less screen, no Home button, Face ID, and a smaller form factor. Bloomberg rounds things off by saying the tablet will also come with a new processor, GPU, and Apple Pencil with new software to better utilize the added hardware. As for when it’ll become available, it’s said the device will go on sale in about a year so expect it to land sometime in October 2018. Until then, expect to hear more surrounding this subject.

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