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Apple may remove the home button in next year's iPad Pros to make way for larger displays

By midian182
Nov 28, 2016 at 1:00 PM
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  1. Back in October, it was reported that Apple would be launching three new iPad Pros next year. In addition to a refreshed 12.9-inch iPad Pro and a low-cost 7.9-inch version, there will also be a 10.1-inch model. According to Japanese site Makotakara (via 9to5 Mac), which was responsible for the original report, this middle iPad will actually be 10.9 inches yet have the same footprint as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro, despite the larger screen size.

    The information comes from an “informed” supply-chain source in Taiwan. It seems Apple is able to achieve this feat by changing parts of the tablet’s design, the biggest alteration being the removal of the physical home button.

    To make more room for the screen, Apple is expected to replace its iconic physical home button on the iPhone 8 with a virtual button - complete with Touch ID functionality - that’s built underneath the display glass, similar to Xiaomi's Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus. If the report is to be believed, the upcoming iPad will receive this new design feature before the smartphone.

    Additionally, the size of the tablet’s bezels will be reduced to make way for a larger display, though the FaceTime camera will remain. The tradeoff for this, however, is said to be an increase in the device’s thickness; to make room for the battery and Apple Pencil display tech, the new iPad will be 7.5mm thick, the same as the original 2013 iPad Air.

    The new 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s thickness is also said to be increasing by 3mm, suggesting that it will also have its bezels size reduced and physical home button removed.

    The actual screen size of the upcoming iPad is still unclear. Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes it will be 10.5 inches, rather than Makotakara's updated claim of 10.9 inches.

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  2. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Guru Posts: 750   +270

    The only removal of a "home" button that I like would be Blackberry's swipe from the bezel. But even then I still would prefer physical buttons.

    Next thing you'll hear is that Apple is removing the power and volume buttons so they can make it thinner.. again.
     
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  3. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Maniac Posts: 401   +209

    The Home button's only real use is "going home" and "fingerprint sensing".

    They can eliminate the home button and widen the display. they can place the hume button on the apple logo itself - around back...if they don't come up with a special way to read prints through the screen itself.
     
  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,475   +2,033

    It's possible. Apple are always bragging about how innovative they are and managing to toss the home button could one helluva feather in their cap considering that for the past few years the innovations they've come up with like... like... It all escapes me now, but surely there must be something to behold.
     
  5. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Guru Posts: 368   +320

    Just wait until they eliminate the screen, just imagine the battery life!
     
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  6. Odium

    Odium TS Rookie Posts: 22   +6

    And Apple fanboys yelling "It's innovation!!!!!" :D
     
  7. Teko03

    Teko03 TS Maniac Posts: 317   +115

    How long will Apple "remove" things to innovate LOL
     
  8. deemon

    deemon TS Addict Posts: 206   +47

    Impenetrable glass brick incoming :D
     

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