IPad Pro to ship with Face ID in 2018

Leigh Mccormick
November 9, 2017

However, using an OLED panel for an iPad Pro would be a much more hard undertaking because the device supports the Apple Pencil and also has features such as ProMotion, which makes the tablet much more responsive so that it can be used for more than what most people use their iPhones for. - Unlike the iPhone X, the concept shows the front facing camera system hidden within the devices bezel rather than protruding onto the display.

The sources, speaking to Bloomberg, claim that at least one iPad model with around a 10.5-inch display is in the pipeline, and that it will feature Face ID. The new tablet is not expected to feature an OLED display.

Dropping the home button on the iPad would allow for a larger screen in the same physical footprint.

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After years in steady decline, the iPad has bounced back to post year-on-year growth in the last couple of quarters. The new version will mark the first revamped look for the iPad since the first iPad Pro debuted in 2015.

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. (I think I'd value that more than Face ID, personally.) Bloomberg estimates that the launch is about a year out, so we might not see it until fall 2018, and the report warns that Face ID integration could be nixed due to supply issues between now and then. The revised iPad will also likely include a new, faster CPU, as well as an updated Apple Pencil stylus. The new iPad, however, is not likely to use an OLED display like the iPhone X, and will instead stick with a traditional LCD screen. Apple's facial recognition feature is used like Touch ID to unlock a user's device and for approving payments using Apple Pay.

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