It’s really starting to look like 2017 will mark the beginning of the end for the physical home button. Rumors have indicated that the Samsung Galaxy S8 is ditching its physical home button and so will next year’s iPhone 8, but this war on the home button doesn’t end with smartphones. It extends to tablets too, because an upcoming 10.9-inch iPad Pro will also reportedly get rid of that round button below the display.

According to Japanese blog Macotakara, an “informed source in Taiwan” is saying that Apple will be launching a new 10.9-inch iPad Pro in 2017 that will have roughly the same physical dimensions as the existing 9.7-inch iPad Pro. To accommodate the bigger screen, Apple is going with a nearly bezel-free design that will simultaneously eliminate the physical home button.

Instead, much like the rumored iPhone 8, the home button will be integrated into the display itself and will also maintain Touch ID functionality. It’s not completely bezel-free, however, as there’ll still be space on top to fit the FaceTime camera. The new 10.9-inch iPad Pro will also be slightly thicker than its predecessor, filling out with the same 7.5mm profile as the iPad Air.

Along with this middle-of-the-road iPad Pro, Apple will also reportedly be refreshing its larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro (which will be marginally thicker than the existing model), along with a new 7.9-inch iPad Pro that will replace the existing iPad mini 4. Both of the larger models are expected to get the A10X processor.


And we might not have to wait long for any of these, as we’re hearing that production on the new iPad family could start as early as next month.

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