Apple is reportedly working on a new iPad which will feature the iPhone X's Face ID facial recognition system.
(CCM) — Apple plans to capitalize on the work it has put in to the iPhone X by launching a similarly designed iPad next year, Bloomberg reports.
The flagship iPad will feature Apple's new Face ID technology which will be used to unlock the device, to send animated emojis, and also to make payments through Apple Pay. This will replace the Home button with Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology which is a feature of current iPad models. It will also feature a 10.5-inch screen, similar to the iPad Pro, but this is unlikely to use OLED technology like the iPhone X's screen, according to the report.
Compared to the iPads that are currently available, the new iPad is expected to be slimmer, in part thanks to the lack of a fingerprint reader, and to offer a more powerful central processing unit and a custom Apple graphics processing unit. It will also feature an upgraded Apple Pencil stylus and enhanced stylus software tools, the report adds.
The market for tablets such as the iPad has been in decline for the past three years, with total sales down 17%. But recently Apple has been bucking the trend, and iPad revenues rose 14% during the company's last quarter. By leveraging the technologies developed for the iPhone X, Apple has a chance to differentiate its new iPad from the large number of good quality tablets such as Amazon's Kindle Fire HD, which cost significantly less.
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