Next iPad won’t have a home button
During the last few months, we have learned many things about the upcoming iPhones and iPads. So far, the reports were indicating that we would see three iPads in 2017. First one is the regular 9.7-inch model, which supposed to be cheaper than the other models. Then, there would be the Pro models, but in 2017, the Pro family will consist of 10.9-inch model alongside with the 12.9-inch model. Now, we have yet another report, but this time, it says that the upcoming 10.9-inch model will be the most revolutionary iPad so far.
The report is published by Makotakara, and if the report is true, then the 10.9-inch model will be as big as the current 9.7-inch one. This means it will equip much slimmer bezels. Well, the reports says that the bezels are so thin, so Apple will not be able to put the traditional home button to it. Instead, they will provide the functions of the home button including the Touch ID underneath the display glass. Even though there are some companies doing the same thing, Apple has been replacing the physical buttons with the capacitive ones for year. Besides, if you don’t tell anyone that the iPhone 7 does not have a real button, they won’t say that it has a capacitive one.
However, your tradeoff is the thickness of the device. Even though Apple managed to make the iPads as thin as 6.1 mm, upcoming 10.9-inch model will measure 7.5 millimeters. For comparison, it is thicker than the iPad Air 2, the small iPad Pro and than the big Pro. However, it is exactly as thick as the original iPad Air, introduced 3 years ago.