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Bezel-free 10.9-inch iPad to ditch Home button

10.9-inch iPad Concept

Apple’s upcoming iPad range has been at the center of a number of speculations lately, with quite a few reports talking up an all-new full-screen style and 10.5-inch or 10.9-inch screen. The latest bit of news concerns the latter and adds a few interesting tidbits about other models as well.

An informed source in Taiwan told Macotakara that Apple is producing a bezel-free 10.9-inch iPad which has the same size as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. However, the new offering will be thicker at 7.5mm, meaning it’ll be as wide as the iPad Air.

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The new 10.9-inch iPad may not be entirely without borders though, since the publication notes that there will still be a bezel present in the top half where the tablet’s FaceTime camera is located. The bottom portion is where things get interesting, since it apparently won’t have a Home button.

Also See: Apple to launch 10.5-inch iPad in 2017

There’s no further explanation of how this would work as yet. The iPhone 8 is widely expected to get rid of its Home button by placing it beneath the display’s glass panel. It’s possible the upcoming iPad will adopt such a mechanism, making it the first Apple device to do so.

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The same source also alleges that the revamped 12.9-inch iPad Pro is going to be 3mm thicker at 7.2mm only. They also assert that a new 7.9-inch iPad Pro will take the iPad mini 4’s place in Apple’s portfolio. Rumors mostly point towards a March 2017 unveiling for the new slates.