Here's how to add a virtual home button to your iPhone X

James Marshall
November 8, 2017

According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on new iPads that indeed include Face ID, Apple's new facial recognition feature that just debuted on the iPhone X, and with that change will come the removal of the Home button. iPads can already rely mostly on gestures for navigation which iOS 11 only increases, and facial recognition can replace fingerprint recognition for biometric security.

The report states that that this new iPad will have a similar sized display to the current 10.5-inch iPad Pro but will get rid of the current Home button with Touch ID in favor of the new Face ID technology introduced with the iPhone X.

The new iPad is expected to go on sale next year around the same time as this year's iPad Pro launch. In fact, the excitement surrounding the iPhone X launch was so strong that we even saw a return of large throngs of people queuing up outside of Apple retail stores on launch day and throughout the weekend. Bloomberg said Apple also wants to slim down the bezels around the sides and above and below the screen, which means it might be a slate that's nearly entirely a display.

The iPad had been Apple's second-largest product line as recently as 2015. OLED is a feature that enhances the device's display and colors.

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

Apple's stylus for the iPad Pro, called simply the Apple Pencil, is arguably the best tablet stylus in the world right now.

The 2018 iPad will reportedly feature, slimmer edges and a screen size similar to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

Other details about the next-generation iPad remain a mystery. Given that the new iPad model is about a year away from release, the plans could change due to supply and manufacturing constraints on Face ID components, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the plans aren't public. Early reception has been positive for the feature, which also allows for payment authentication and sending Animojis, an animated emoji based on a user's facial movements and speech.

Like the iPhone X, the new iPad is also expected to include a faster processor and a custom Apple graphics processing unit.

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