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Upcoming iPad Pro Models Could Feature Rounded Display Corners

Apple's upcoming 2018 iPad Pro models may feature a display with rounded corners like the iPhone X according to an image asset for the new devices found by 9to5Mac's Guilherme Rambo in the most recent beta update.

The asset in question, which appears to be for new iPad Pro models, is used as a mask to create rounded corners of UI elements and it features the same rounded corners that we've seen in the iPhone X. The J3xx name suggests a 2018 iPad model and it's a reference that's been found in other parts of the iOS 12 code in relation to new iPad Pro models.


Rambo set up a modified device in the iOS Simulator to demonstrate that iOS 12 on an iPad can handle rounded corners, with a demonstrative image of what Split View multitasking might look like on a tablet with rounded corners.


Previous rumors have suggested Apple is planning a major design overhaul for the 2018 iPad Pros, doing away with the Home button, introducing slimmer bezels, and adopting a TrueDepth camera system for Face ID.

Given the similarities between the design described in rumors and the iPhone X, it makes sense that Apple would also introduce a rounded corner design in the iPad Pro. Current iPad Pro models do not use rounded corners for the display.

There's no word on when Apple plans to introduce its updated iPad Pro models, but the new tablets could perhaps come in September alongside new iPhones. Apple could also choose to introduce them at a separate iPad and Mac-focused event as it has done in past years.

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11 weeks ago
Why do we need rounded corners on a tablet? If the case is square then rounded corners seems like poor design. I can understand on the iPhone the rounded corners because it is a small screen platform in a phone body that is intended to slip into a pocket or purse without snagging up on anything but for a tablet, especially a 10"+ pro tablet, rounded screen corners, "just because" is stupid, period.

I mean I used to think the hexagonal screens on Battleship Galactica was a stupid design choice, I didn't think it was a prophecy for what our screens are morphing into.
Rating: 18 Votes
11 weeks ago
Remember, Round Rects are Everywhere!

https://www.folklore.org/StoryView.py?story=Round_Rects_Are_Everywhere.txt
Rating: 18 Votes
11 weeks ago
I think would be a subtle but cool feature. If you look at an iPhone X and an iPhone 8 the round corners definitely create a significantly more "organic" feeling about using the device.
Rating: 17 Votes
11 weeks ago
There goes Apple again, cutting corners.
Rating: 12 Votes
11 weeks ago
Good. Love it on my X, will enjoy it on my iPad as well. Looking forward to upgrading.
Rating: 12 Votes
11 weeks ago
For those old school MacGeeks, this reminds me of OSX 10.4 and before, where the top menu bar was artificially round-cornered on the old 20/23/30 lucite cinema displays.
Rating: 12 Votes
11 weeks ago

Why do we need rounded corners on a tablet? If the case is square then rounded corners seems like poor design. I can understand on the iPhone the rounded corners because it is a small screen platform in a phone body that is intended to slip into a pocket or purse without snagging up on anything but for a tablet, especially a 10"+ pro tablet, rounded screen corners, "just because" is stupid, period.

I mean I used to think the hexagonal screens on Battleship Galactica was a stupid design choice, I didn't think it was a prophecy for what our screens are morphing into.

Why would it make MORE sense on an iPhone than on an iPad? The larger screen on an iPad would make the rounded corners even more minimal.
Rating: 11 Votes
11 weeks ago
Please no. Round corners don't make sense on a device like that. In fact, for screens its not good anyway.
Lets say you are showing a picture to someone and it fills the screen - picture frames are squared, televisions are squared etc. Its all for a reason and the reason is for unobtrusive viewing experience.
Lets hope this example is just for certain actions and not full display experience.
Rating: 10 Votes
11 weeks ago

I think would be a subtle but cool feature. If you look at an iPhone X and an iPhone 8 the round corners definitely create a significantly more "organic" feeling about using the device.


If they become certified GMO-free, I'm buying.
Rating: 10 Votes
11 weeks ago

Why do we need rounded corners on a tablet?


...because if your content/app layout is basically rectangular, a screen with rounded corners forces you to leave an empty margin all around it, so that you can pick up your new tablet with edge-to-edge display without accidentally pressing things.

You know, a bit like bezels, only more expensive.

I mean, every phone manufacturer seems to be falling over themselves to copy Apple's "Whups, Jony wants an edgeless display but we didn't invent thru-display cameras in time" iPhone notch, so we're not talking form-follows-function any more.
Rating: 9 Votes

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