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Apple's next iPad will have face recognition instead of home button

Apple's next iPad will have face recognition instead of home button

However, once it does arrive, users can reportedly expect the Face ID-centric features like Animoji, plus overall more powerful hardware and a new Apple Pencil.

Apple is planning to overhaul its iPad for 2018, slicing away bezels along with the TouchID fingerprint sensor. Samsung is already making the OLED displays for the iPhone X, and the company also makes the OLED displays for its Galaxy tablets and the Windows 10-powered Galaxy Book convertible.

Tablet sales have taken a 17 percent decline globally over the last three years and Apple certainly felt it. The iPhone X is $200 more than the newly released iPhone 8 Plus thanks to its OLED upgrade. Still, the iPad has brought Apple $4.8 billion of revenue in the past quarter alone.

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Now there are two versions of the iPad Pro available - a second-generation 12.9-inch model, and a 10.5-inch model released in June, 2017. In fact, the excitement surrounding the iPhone X launch was so strong that we even saw a return of large throngs of people queuing up outside of Apple retail stores on launch day and throughout the weekend. It is much more hard to produce large quantities of OLED panels than it is to manufacture LCDs.

One feature of the iPhone X that won't apparently be making its way to the new iPad would be an OLED display. Samsung Electronics Co., which supplies OLED panels for iPhones, would be the only display maker with the capacity to produce the new screens for iPads in 2018, but technical and financial constraints still make that unlikely, according to a person with knowledge of Samsung's display operations.

This year, Face ID remains exclusive to the iPhone X, and the technology is said to be the source of production bottlenecks ahead of the handset's launch in early November. Let us know what you think in the comments! 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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