Apple iPhone X successor, bigger screen Plus variant, tipped for 2018

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While the device will have full-screen design, it is not likely to be equipped with an OLED display for delivering more vivid colors and sharper clarity. They asked not to be identified talking about private product development. Like the iPhone X, the iPad would ditch the physical home button and instead rely exclusively on Face ID to unlock the device and verify mobile payments.

Apple is reportedly redesigning its iPad Pro series that will be ready to launch next year. The feature would replace the iPad home button that has come with a fingerprint scanner since 2014, one of the people said. But it sounds like Apple's suppliers won't be able to prepare one suitable for a new iPad in time for a 2018 release. But demand waned and global tablet sales declined 17 percent the past three years.

Though Kuo didn't mention Face ID specifically, Apple's True Depth cameras are what enable Face ID, Animoji, and other features that take advantage of the iPhone X's depth-sensing selfie camera.

The new iPad of this generation would be called iPad Pro, the name of this tablet would be different, however it will be the next edition of iPad Pro. Still, the iPad has brought Apple $4.8 billion of revenue in the past quarter alone. It will be nice to see the iPad finally getting a real design upgrade after all these years.

Apple is also allegedly working on an improved version of the Apple Pencil which will get unveiled alongside this new iPad. Some users may think that this is an out-of-date feature which should disappear since the iPhone 7 from past year implemented a non-moving button.

The iPad for 2018 should have a 10.5-inch screen size and do away with Touch ID in favour of the new Face ID security system.

According to a report published by Bloomberg, Apple is now working on a new high-end iPad that will integrate the iPhone X's Face ID facial recognition technology as well as a high screen-to-body ratio.