After having removed the TouchID button from the iPhone, Apple is now removing it from the iPad. According to a Bloomberg reports, the company is going to launch a version of the iPad next year with FaceID and no home button. The new device will apparently be similar to the 10.5 inch iPad Pro in terms of display size. The device is expected to be launched “later next year” and it will also come with an improved variant of the Apple Pencil, which is currently under development.
While FaceID is a good solution on the iPhone X, it’s certainly not perfect.
Furthermore, it’s likely that the FaceID wielding iPad will also have an edge-to-edge display. If it indeed has the same screen size, then the new device should also be considerably smaller. An edge-to-edge display will allow Apple to take off a lot of inches from the iPad’s overall size. The device currently boasts thick panels on all four sides of the display.
At the moment, Apple has to use those panels since it puts the home button on the bottom. It’s possible that the notch (seen on the iPhone X) will make an appearance again, since the company will need to find a place to house the FaceID sensors and the front camera.
While FaceID is a good solution on the iPhone X, it’s certainly not perfect. However, going by how well Windows Hello works on the Surface Pro tablets or other laptops, Apple may actually be able to offer something really functional.