The iPad itself is enjoying a bit of a renaissance this year, thanks largely to the launch of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the new, affordable 9.7-inch iPad.
On the heels of a new report today about what we're likely to see from Apple's 2018 iPad Pro release, Benjamin Geskin has shared a set of new renders imagining what a mostly bezel-less iPad Pro with Face ID might look like. 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. The feature would replace the iPad home button that has come with a fingerprint scanner since 2014, one of the people said. Or are there other features you want in your next iPad?
By removing the home button, Apple plans to noticeably reduce the size of the edges on the top and bottom of the device for the first time since its introduction in 2010, bringing the design closer to that of the recently released flagship iPhone X.
Though the iPad Pro will get an iPhone X-like redesign, the Bloomberg report notes that the company is "unlikely" to swap the tablet's existing display for OLED technology as Apple would likely face supply constraints. (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. Would it bother you to have a notch on your iPhone X and symmetrical bezels on your iPad Pro?
After years in steady decline, the iPad has bounced back to post year-on-year growth in the last couple of quarters.