Redesigned iPad with Facial Recognition Slated for 2018

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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.

This is one of the big selling points for the iPhone X over its predecessors, and even though it's disappointing to hear that it won't come to next year's iPad, it's understandable given that Apple had enough trouble securing enough OLED supply for its phone, let alone much larger contrast-rich screens for this rumored tablet.

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 reportedly working on a redesign of the iPad that includes dropping the Home button and slimming down the bezels on the top-end model, as well as adding facial recognition tech to allow for Face ID unlocking and more.

According to the report, the screen size will be similar to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro released this spring. Apple already reduced the thickness of the edges on the 10.5-inch version vs. the 9.7-inch model it replaced, to maximize screen real estate, and it could go further still with additional space savings from reducing the "chin" of the front of the device.

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In addition to major changes to the iPad Pro hardware, there is the expectation that Apple will also launch a second generation Apple Pencil.

The iPhone X is without a doubt the most exciting new iPhone release we've seen in years.

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. But demand waned and global tablet sales declined 17 percent the past three years.

The iPad had been Apple's second-largest product line as recently as 2015.

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