Here's what an nearly bezel-free iPad Pro 3 could look like

Today, Apple Inc. revealed they are working on a new redesigned high-end iPad that incorporates key iPhone X features such as facial recognition and slimmer edges.

Like the iPhone X, the 2018 iPad is set to drop the Home button. But given the significantly larger screen real state of the tablet, it's possible Apple could implement a different gesture-based navigation system optimized for bigger screens. Apple has rolled out the feature as a part of iOS 11.2 beta. Both seem likely if Apple wants to offer a device that sits at the level the iPhone X is on. The bad news, though, is that the upcoming iPad will not be equipped with an OLED display. Samsung produces high-resolution OLEDs for its Galaxy tablets and the 12-inch Galaxy book, but those don't sell at almost the scale iPads do.

One aspect which probably won't get carried over to the 2018 iPad is an OLED screen.

Still, it sounds like we'll have a lot to look forward to in the iPad line next year. Given that the new iPad model is about a year away from release, the plans could change due to supply and manufacturing constraints on Face ID components, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren't public. Since this feature will let you open the iPad with a facial scan, there won't be the need of having the Touch ID.

Suppose such rumors are accurate, it'll mark the first major iPad redesign since its introduction.

Bloomberg reported that not only will the home button be removed but the iPads will switch to OLED displays and perhaps a similar size to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro already in the market.

Apple's been suffering from declining iPad sales for years as demand for tablets continues to remain low. Worse, revenue fell behind sales from its services and Mac computers.

People familiar with the matter told the publication that the next-gen iPad would adopt Face ID, a natural choice now that there's no Home button to house Touch ID.

  • Valerie Cook