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Following the redesign of the iPhone with the iPhone X, Apple may be planning to follow suit with the iPad as well. Bloomberg reports that the Cupertino-based company may be working on a redesigned, high-end iPad that could be launched in early 2018. The report notes that the new tablet would incorporate features such as slimmer edges and facial recognition. However, the new tablet is not expected to feature an OLED display.
It’s noted that at least one of the new iPad model with screen size similar to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro. The inclusion of facial recognition suggests that Apple would equip the device with its FaceID technology, which it introduced in the iPhone X. This could also mean that Apple may ditch the home button on the new iPads. Besides being used for unlocking the device and making payments via Apple Pay, the technology can also be used to create and send custom animated emojis called Animojis.
Reports of Apple equipping the 2018 iPads with FaceID isn’t new. Early last month, noted KGI Securities analyst, Ming Chi-Kuo suggested the same. Kuo noted that the inclusion of the TrueDepth camera will help streamline the experience between iPhones and iPads. He also expects the facial recognition system to be available only on the 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch iPads Pro, and not on the cheaper iPad models. The Pro models are already differentiated from their cheaper counterparts by the fact that the devices support the company’s Pencil stylus and the detachable Smart Keyboard. It should be noted that Apple released the 10.5-inch iPad Pro was launched in June, and Apple could follow a similar timeframe for the launch of the new models.