Apple surprised everyone by ditching the TouchID for a new authentication method, the FaceID in its annual flagship – iPhone X. As per a Bloomberg report, the Cupertino giant is trying to do the same with iPad, which is set to launch next year. We might also see the new iPad lose some bezels and do away with the home button, just like the iPhone X.
Apple is known to keep its whole product lineup uniform in all aspects. With the iPhone X, they have made some bold bets which might reflect on other products by the brand as well. The next one in the line seems to be the iPad which might see a complete design overhaul to have it aligned with this new trend.
The new iPad might come in a ~10.5-inch variant and will supposedly feature less bezels and thus, no home button. This will provide a larger display area, allow users to use their face to unlock the device, make payments and send animojis.
Apple is betting high on iPads, the company still believes that it might become a mainstream computer for most people someday. Until 2015, the iPad was Apple’s second-largest product lineup before the Mac products and its service business leaped ahead. Still, if Apple has to introduce FaceID to all its products, the iPad seems like the obvious next choice.
It won’t be surprising if in the upcoming years, we get to see bezel-less Macbooks and Apple’s whole product lineup adapt to this trend, it is the most likely thing to happen. Going by the reports, it also makes it somewhat clear that TouchID won’t make a comeback in next year’s iPhone, as expected by some. Even if there is a possibility of under-the-display fingerprint sensor, Apple might choose to go the FaceID route in the future.
The same reports also claim that unlike the iPhone X, the new bezel-less iPad might not feature an OLED display. This is supposedly due to technical and financial constraints. Also, it was reported that Apple faced shortage of OLED panels for iPhone X which led to a delay in its launch. This might be another reason as currently, Samsung is the only provider of OLED displays for Apple.
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