iOS 12 paves the way for iPad with edge-to-edge display, Face ID

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What the next iPad might look like.
Photo: Martin Hajek

Apple didn’t deliver the new iPad we were hoping for during its WWDC keynote on Monday, but it seems the company is certainly working on it.

iOS 12 makes small but significant changes to the user interface on Apple tablets, paving the way for an edge-to-edge Super Retina HD display and Face ID.

Whatever you might feel about the iPhone X’s notch, you have to agree that Apple’s smartphone looks a whole lot better with a glorious edge-to-edge display. Bulky bezels are a thing of the past, and it’s about time they started disappearing. The iPad is next in line for change.

iOS 12 prepares iPad for big changes

iOS 12 revamps the status bar on iPad, moving the time from the center of the screen to the left corner. It also introduces gesture controls, allowing you to swipe up from the bottom to get to the Home screen, and swipe down from the top-right corner to access Control Center.

Apple is clearly preparing the device for an edge-to-edge display with a notch in its center, which leaves no room for a physical Home button with Touch ID.

It is looking increasingly likely that this new iPad will arrive this year, likely alongside the new iPhone lineup in the fall — soon after iOS 12 has made its public debut. The more expensive iPad Pro models will almost certainly see the new design first.

Previous reports have claimed we can also expect the new iPad Pro to offer a faster A-series chip, which Apple introduces every year, and a custom Apple GPU. This could allow for even more impressive augmnented reality and games.