New 2018 iPad Pro concept imagines Face ID & bezel-less design

However, the new Pro tablet is unlikely to boast the OLED display offered by Apple's latest smartphone, those familiar with the matter said.

Apple is allegedly working on a few different models, with at least one new model of this high-end new iPad having a screen roughly the size of the current 10.5-inch iPad Pro. Samsung utilizes high-resolution OLED screens both for its Android-based Galaxy tablets and the 12-inch Galaxy Book that runs Windows. Of course, that means that the new iPad also won't have a home button or Touch ID fingerprint reader.

Though it supposedly won't feature an OLED panel, this model will have slimmer edges, something made possible in part by removing the home button.

After years in steady decline, the iPad has bounced back to post year-on-year growth in the last couple of quarters. Apple couldn't avoid the downdraft completely and iPad revenue fell behind sales generated by the company's services business and Macintosh computer products. OLED screens more accurately reproduce colors, but are more hard to produce in mass quantities than standard liquid-crystal displays. 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.

While the new iPad Pro concept looks visually flawless, Twitter has been quick to react pointing out that a bezel-less display of that magnitude may cause problems, with some worrying that accidental touches may hamper the user experience. Bloomberg says that the majority of display suppliers don't have the ability to make OLED panels for the iPad, with only Samsung Display being the exception.

Though Kuo didn't mention Face ID specifically, Apple's True Depth cameras are what enable Face ID, Animoji, and other features that take advantage of the iPhone X's depth-sensing selfie camera.

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