Purported iPad model with edge-to-edge screen, no home button shown off in rendering [u: f...

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An image from famed hardware leaker Evan Blass on Thursday could offer one of the first looks at a rumored iPad model that replaces Apple's years-old home button with Face ID facial recognition.




Blass posted the image, which appears to be a digital rendering, alongside the cryptic message, "Seems to be something missing from this (encased) iPad.."

As usual, Blass did not reveal the content's origin, nor did he confirm that the iPad mockup was based on leaked information. Judging by his comment, however, it can be assumed that the render came from a case maker.

Aside from a "full-screen" display, not much can be gleaned from the image. The case looks to have speaker ports on what would be the iPad's top section near the sleep/wake switch and headphone jack, suggesting the model is an iPad Pro with stereo audio output. A Lightning cable cutout shows up at the other end of the case, but similar cutouts for Apple's Smart Connector and device volume controls appear to be missing.

Also absent are bezel cutouts for a TrueDepth camera array, suggesting the image is merely a render. Apple is unlikely to remove the Touch ID-equipped home button without replacing it with some form of biometric authentication, and Face ID is a shoe-in for integration. Though some believe Apple's next iPad will incorporate a sensor notch similar to that of iPhone X, such design compromises are unnecessary given the tablet's capacious internal volume.

Rumors of a TrueDepth-equipped iPad first landed in November. In incorporating the 3D-sensing technology introduced with iPhone X, Apple is expected to remove the longstanding home button from iPad, thus greatly reducing bezel size to create a nearly edge-to-edge screen.

Recent supply chain rumblings suggest Apple suppliers are primed for production, with revamped 10.5- and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models potentially headed to store shelves at the end of the second quarter. The estimated release timeline falls in line with Apple's annual product refresh cycle, as the current iPad Pro lineup debuted last June.

Update: It appears the image was doctored from marketing material for an existing case from manufacturer Speck. Blass has since deleted his tweet.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    mattinozmattinoz Posts: 916member
    Wouldn't they at least round the corners of the screen if the bezel can be that small?
    Or keep the bezel large enough that the corner of the screen doesn't feel uncomfortable to the device. Which would leave plenty of room for cameras sensors and such.
    supadav03watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 11
    bluefire1bluefire1 Posts: 826member
    The current iPads models are fabulous; future ones will be even better.
    mattinozwatto_cobra1983
  • Reply 3 of 11
    netroxnetrox Posts: 674member
    I hope to get rid of bezels but I would love to see the corners of LCD to be rounded as well.
    edited March 22
  • Reply 4 of 11
    macseekermacseeker Posts: 381member
    In the rendering they're using the wrong iOS to showcase their thoughts.
    MisterKit
  • Reply 5 of 11
    supadav03supadav03 Posts: 401member
    mattinoz said:
    Wouldn't they at least round the corners of the screen if the bezel can be that small?
    Or keep the bezel large enough that the corner of the screen doesn't feel uncomfortable to the device. Which would leave plenty of room for cameras sensors and such.
    That was my first thought when looking at the picture? Where’s the rounded corners like on the X
    mattinoz
  • Reply 6 of 11
    SoliSoli Posts: 8,366member
    mattinoz said:
    Wouldn't they at least round the corners of the screen if the bezel can be that small?
    Or keep the bezel large enough that the corner of the screen doesn't feel uncomfortable to the device. Which would leave plenty of room for cameras sensors and such.
    Yeah, I'm not feeling this render with those squared edges, but it might be how Apple goes if they don't move to an LED-based display. And before someone chimes in that this can be done with LCD, too, post some actual data showing the same or better display quality and the same or lower costs as the LCD components Apple current uses; being technically possible isn't the same thing as being feasible.
    mattinoz
  • Reply 7 of 11
    If that's the case...i'm in for a rose gold one! :)

  • Reply 8 of 11
    ClassicGeekClassicGeek Posts: 7unconfirmed, member
    macseeker said:
    In the rendering they're using the wrong iOS to showcase their thoughts.
    Good eye. This is potentially pre iOS 10.2, the giveaway is the “videos” app that was replaced in 10.2 with the TV app ( at least in the US). Other icons are not current either. 
    edited March 22
  • Reply 9 of 11
    mattinozmattinoz Posts: 916member
    macseeker said:
    In the rendering they're using the wrong iOS to showcase their thoughts.
    What is real thou is the grid springboard and dock. Which frankly also seems like the old solution in need of replacement.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    kevin keekevin kee Posts: 911member
    netrox said:
    I hope to get rid of bezels but I would love to see the corners of LCD to be rounded as well.
    While it looks good, it's impractical to hold.
  • Reply 11 of 11
    OLED iPad... MMMMMMmmmmm.
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