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iOS 12 brings iPhone X gestures to iPad, hinting at upgraded model with Face ID

by Brandon Russell | June 4, 2018June 4, 2018 4:30 pm PST

Apple didn’t unveil a new iPad with Face ID at WWDC on Monday, but it rolled out a new feature that suggests an upgrade model is imminent. With the arrival of iOS 12, Apple is introducing iPhone X-like gestures to its tablet, negating the need for a home button.

As noted on Apple’s website, the iPad supports gestures, including the ability to swipe anywhere on the Dock to go home. Users can also access Control Center by swiping from the top-right corner. If you’re an iPhone X user, these gestures will feel very familiar.

Heading into WWDC this week, many expected Apple to unveil an iPad with Face ID and a design similar to the iPhone X. That didn’t happen, but these new gestures suggest Apple has something planned. To underline this point, Apple has also moved the time to the left side of the iPad’s display in the newest update.

The new swipe gestures for iPad will complement a series of iPad-specific gestures that Apple has introduced over the years. Apple will reportedly introduce a new iPad later this year, along with a new Apple Watch and a trio of new iPhone models.

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