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Apple Planning Thicker Bezel-Free 10.9" iPad Pro With 9.7" Footprint and No Home Button

Apple has a nearly bezel-free 10.9-inch iPad Pro under development without a Home button, according to Japanese website Mac Otakara.

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The report said the nearly bezel-free design will allow for the 10.9-inch model to have the same overall footprint as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro. A top bezel will remain in order to provide space for the front-facing FaceTime camera, but the bottom bezel will be reduced, according to supply chain sources cited.

The much-rumored 10.9-inch model will also be marginally thicker at 7.5mm, the same depth as the original iPad Air. The current 9.7-inch iPad Pro measures 6.1mm thick. The next 12.9-inch model will also be 0.3mm thicker at 7.2mm, while a rumored 7.9-inch iPad Pro will allegedly likely have the same dimensions as the iPad mini 4.

Earlier this month, a group of Barclays analysts said Apple will launch a trio of new iPad Pro models in March, including the aforementioned bezel-free 10.9-inch model and refreshed 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch versions. The note likewise said the 10.9-inch model will have a 9.7-inch footprint without a Home button.

Multiple rumors have pointed towards a new iPad in the 10-inch range, but the exact screen size has varied in each report. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said 10.5 inches, echoed by DigiTimes, while an earlier Mac Otakara report said 10.1 inches. Mac Otakara and Barclays now appear to agree on 10.9 inches.

Mac Otakara previously said the 10.9-inch iPad Pro will feature quad microphones, compared to the dual-microphone setup on existing iPad Pro models, and retain a 3.5mm headphone jack. More "revolutionary" changes, including a switch to OLED displays, are expected in 2018, according to Kuo.

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7 weeks ago

Because the home button fails on 9/10 Apple devices. It's so much better to accidentally 'tap' the screen wrong.


Did you make that up? Ive never had a home button fail and ive had more than a dozen apple products so far.
Rating: 29 Votes
7 weeks ago
0.3mm thicker!!! Ive is going to get a heart attack when he finds out
Rating: 25 Votes
7 weeks ago
Don't freak out - they'll still offer the iPad Pro 12.9 1, the iPad Pro 9.7 1, the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 4 on top of an iPad Pro 12.9 2, iPad Pro 10.9 Pro, and maybe just sprinkle in a little Mini 5 and iPad Air 3 (both only with modest updates so it can't compete with the Pro 9.7 1)

Because why not throw it all at the wall and see what sticks instead of focusing an already all over the place and seemingly lost product line.
Rating: 13 Votes
7 weeks ago
Headline :
"Apple Planning Thicker Bezel-Free 10.9" iPad Pro With 9.7" Footprint and No Home Button"

A top bezel will remain in order to provide space for the front-facing FaceTime camera, but the bottom bezel will be reduced, according to supply chain sources cited.

How is this, by any stretch of the imagination "bezel-free?"
Rating: 10 Votes
7 weeks ago

Because the home button fails on 9/10 Apple devices. It's so much better to accidentally 'tap' the screen wrong.


Of course you have a source for that claim, right? Post it up.
Rating: 10 Votes
7 weeks ago

Can someone explain to me what makes an iPad "Pro"?

I'm honestly curious on the facts here, because none of the rumored changes (nor the current specs) seem to.


The increased price...
Rating: 9 Votes
7 weeks ago
WOW, color me surprised. Apple will roll out a thicker product. I'm happy they're going that way, the camera bump is horrible.
Rating: 8 Votes
7 weeks ago
Here we go again. Almost seems like Apple is throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks... And what is with all the weirdo sizes? Any pixel density in any size can be made now. So, if the mini iPad is going to stick around, then for crap sakes, just make ALL iPads "bezel free" and release 7, 9, 11, and 13" sizes, all with the same CPU, and just call them iPads. Done.
Rating: 8 Votes
7 weeks ago
hope they alao come up with an iPad Pro 12.9" - bezel-free. Love my 12.9"
Rating: 6 Votes
7 weeks ago
I'm glad Apple has decided to not worry about its thickness. Because the thinness of our products is the LEAST thing we care about. :)
Rating: 5 Votes

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