The Apple iPhone X is perhaps the company’s most unique device since the launch of the first generation iPhone. The iPhone X arrived with many firsts including a bezel-less OLED display and a FaceID that replaces the good old TouchID. As per a recent report, Apple is expected to carry a similar makeover for the iPad lineup and is working on a new iPad for early 2018.
The new iPad is expected to be slimmer, incorporate an OLED display and also tout the facial recognition feature. Needless to say, Apple is contemplating ditching the home button with Touch ID in favor of Face ID, just like how it did with the iPhone X. If the sources are to be believed, the new tablet is expected to be released next year and will have a screen size similar to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
It’s pretty evident that Apple wants to slim down the bezels by removing the home button and also ensure that the design matches with the one on iPhone X. If this goes through, it will be the first major design upgrade ager the iPad Pro that was released in 2015. It is good to see that Apple is finally tapping the potential of an OLED display. The iPhone X display has recently been rated as one of the best displays on a smartphone, and this shows how Apple is keen in mastering the implementation before bringing in new features.
At this juncture, Samsung Electronics is the only company that is capable of scaling up its OLED production, and this constraint is expected to slow down the pace of iPad production. That apart the new iPad will come powered by the latest generation processor and the Apple graphics processing unit.
In related news, Apple is also working on a standalone augmented reality headset that it plans to launch in 2019. As we are well aware Apple announced its AR endeavors with the launch of ARKit on the iOS 11. The upcoming AR headset is speculated to have a display of its own and a specifically designed operating system which is currently referred to as “rOS”, “short for reality operating system”. The image above depicts a patent illustration for AR glasses. The Augmented Reality is finally finding its place in some niche, for instance, the Microsoft Hololens is being used by Ford to visualize new car designs.
GK contributed to this post.