Apple plans to ditch home button in favour of Face ID on new iPad

Jo Knowsley 9 November 2017

New facial recognition software is proving a hit for Apple.

Apple’s new 2018 iPad will reportedly abandon the home button in favour of Face ID, a feature that made its debut on the iPhone X earlier this month.

It is unlikely to have the new OLED display – which provides brighter colours and a sharper image which is a feature of the new iPhone X – but may have narrower bezels on the sides and top and bottom of the screen to create a slate that’s almost entirely display.

The information is not yet public, but according to Bloomberg, the redesigned, high-end iPad could be released as early as next year, a little more than 12 months after the last major iPad Pro upgrade.

At least one new iPad model with a screen size similar to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro will include Face ID for unlocking the device, making payments, and sending animated emojis. This would replace the iPad home button that has come with a fingerprint scanner since 2014, Yahoo Finance reports.

The iPad had been Apple’s second-largest product line as recently as 2015, but global sales have declined dramatically (17%) over the past three years.

Now, however, it appears to be making a comeback. The California-based Cupertino Company reported last week that iPad revenue rose 14% to US$4.8 billion in the fiscal fourth quarter, with an 11% increase in the number of units sold.

Apple last updated the device in June by adding a 10.5-inch screen size option to the iPad Pro and a ProMotion screen that makes switching between tasks smoother. Earlier this year it released a cheaper version priced at US$329 to boost sales.

Face ID, the iPhone X’s main new feature coming to the next iPad, lets users unlock the device with their face and a glance of their eyes instead of a password or fingerprint. It also allows for payment authentication and sending Animojis – an animated emoji based on a user’s facial expressions and speech.

Apple shares rose to a record high last Friday after the launch of the iPhone X – jumping as much as 3.7% and briefly breaching US$900 billion in market value. A blowout fourth quarter and upbeat forecast for iPhone X added nearly US$32 billion to Apple’s market capitalization, the Daily Mail reports.

The glass-and-steel phone appeared to have brought back the frenzy associated with iPhone launches – long lines formed outside Apple stores across the world as fans flocked to buy the new phone. The company will make 30 million iPhone X units during the current quarter, Nomura Instinet analysts estimated.

Latest news headlines

Picture: Shutterstock

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, read the PDS or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms and Conditions and our Privacy Policy.