Redesigned iPad with Facial Recognition Slated for 2018

Kelley Robertson
November 9, 2017

Apple is working on a completely redesigned high-end new iPad that will have an "all screen" display with thinner bezels and Face ID like the iPhone X. A major change to the appearance of iPads could give users a reason to upgrade their existing tablets and attract new users. Bloomberg only mentions the 10.5-inch model in its report.

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

Apple is unlikely to use OLED for the 2018 iPad lineup and will stick with LCD, according to the report.

After years in steady decline, the iPad has bounced back to post year-on-year growth in the last couple of quarters.

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. Apple did the same thing with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus this year.

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. 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.

Making OLED displays at scale for the new iPad would be too much of a technical and financial hurdle, according to the report, hence it not making the jump from iPhone X to iPad. Apple's facial recognition system can be used to unlock the tablet, make payments and send animated emojis, the media outlet clarified.

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