New frameless iPad could become the first Apple device without a physical Home button
The next model of Apple’s iPad tablet will receive a radical new design and the first among mobile devices, the company will lose the mechanical Home button. This was reported by sources, has repeatedly published reliable information about future Apple news.
According to media reports, soon to be released in early 2017 to 10.9-inch iPad cupertinos the company size will fit the current 9.7 inch iPad Pro, but it will get rid of the home button. What is the goal in this case is pursuing Apple – change plays a purely aesthetic role, or has some practical value – and the plans to replace the Home button (a virtual button or additional gestures), the sources did not specify.
Earlier it was reported that edge-to-edge design will allow the new iPad to keep the size of the modern 9.7-inch model with significantly increased screen diagonal. Of course, to keep the same size, the frame around the display will be further reduced. In the upper part of the front panel houses a FaceTime camera. In this case the device will be 7.5 mm versus 7.2 mm for the updated iPad model with a display size of 12.9 inches.
Note that according to available information, the next Apple smartphone will be equipped with a Home button, hidden under a AMOLED display (possibly curved). In this case, the rejection buttons and the iPad is quite logical.
It should say that in August, analyst firm KGI has published data on the work of Apple over the 10.5-inch tablet-based chip A10X. In October came the rumor about the launch 10.1-inch model. A little later, the Taiwanese resource Digitimes reported that Apple will begin in December mass production of the 10.5-inch model.
It seems that Apple is indeed working on a standard or Pro model of the tablet that will fill the existing niche in the iPad family. Currently, the company produces 7.9 inch mini iPad 4, a 9.7-inch iPad, a 9.7-inch iPad Air 2 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
It is expected that concurrently with a 10.9-inch iPad debuts 7.9-inch iPad Pro will replace iPad mini 4.