You’ll be able to send Animoji from Apple’s next iPad, which Bloomberg reports will feature slimmer bezels and Face ID. The device is also expected to feature a new version of the Apple Pencil, along with new features that take advantage of the accessory’s capabilities.
With the introduction of Face ID, the high-end iPad is expected to launch without Touch ID, making it the second device in as many years without a proper home button. Users will reportedly navigate the device using gestures, according to Bloomberg, which have become a core part of the iPad experience since the launch of iOS 11.
While the tablet is expected to feature slimmer bezels, the device won’t feature an OLED screen. The most recent 10.5-inch model features an IPS panel that supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, along with 120 Hz refresh rate and True Tone technology.
Bloomberg claims by reducing the iPad’s bezel, it’ll mark the first significant redesign of the iPad since the first Pro model hit in 2015.
The difference between having Face ID on a phone and tablet is that a tablet is frequently used in landscape. On the iPhone X, the facial recognition system can only read a user’s face when the phone is held in portrait. That could see iPad users encounter unwanted hurdles, especially if they frequently use the device with an external keyboard case.
Additionally, Face ID only allows users to record one face, so sharing a device could prove difficult for families (unless Apple introduces multiple user support to iOS).
But with Apple putting so much stock behind Face ID, it makes sense the technology would come to more of its devices. A recent concept imagined what Apple’s flagship lineup would look like with the iPhone X’s design, so we may already have a glimpse at what this redesigned iPad will offer.
Apple typically unveils new iPad models in the spring, so it could still be a while before we know anything official.