A new report from Bloomberg says that Apple is working on a redesigned high-end iPad for 2018. It’s said that the new iPad will have iPhone X features such as slimmer edges and facial recognition, according to people familiar with the matter.
Face ID is the future
With a simple glance, Face ID securely unlocks your iPhone X. You can use it to authorize purchases from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and payments with Apple Pay. Developers can also allow you to use Face ID to sign into their apps. Apps that already support Touch ID will automatically support Face ID.
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. They asked not to be identified talking about private product development.
An iPad with no Home-button
Dropping the home button on the iPad would allow for a larger screen in the same physical footprint. Apple already reduced the thickness of the edges on the 10.5-inch version vs. the 9.7-inch model it replaced, to maximize screen real estate, and it could go further still with additional space savings from reducing the ‘chin’ of the front of the device.
By removing the home button, Apple plans to noticeably reduce the size of the edges on the top and bottom of the device for the first time since its introduction in 2010, bringing the design closer to that of the recently released flagship iPhone X. The new version will mark the first revamped look for the iPad since the first iPad Pro debuted in 2015.
Apple Pencil 2 coming next year
Apple’s stylus for the iPad Pro, called simply the Apple Pencil, is arguably the best tablet stylus in the world right now. But we don’t want Apple to rest on its laurels, and we’re keen to see what Sir Jony Ive’s design team comes up with when the Apple Pencil 2 is unveiled. It’s possible that we won’t see an Apple Pencil 2 this year at all. More likely is early 2018 alongside the annual iPad refresh which we hope will have Face ID.
This year, Face ID remains exclusive to the iPhone X, and the technology is said to be the source of production bottlenecks ahead of the handset’s launch in early November.
Other suppliers, including LG Electronics Inc., Japan Display Inc., Sharp Corp., and smaller China-based firms like BOE Display and Tianma Microelectronics are also unlikely to have the ability to supply tablet-sized OLED screens to Apple next year, other people familiar with the supply chain said.
The iPad had been Apple’s second-largest product line as recently as 2015. But demand waned and global tablet sales declined 17 percent the past three years. Apple couldn’t avoid the downdraft completely and iPad revenue fell behind sales generated by the company’s services business and Macintosh computer products.