Apple Inc. is starting to play second fiddle to Microsoft Corporation – at least, in terms of building innovative devices. Microsoft’s Surface Studio and Surface Dial are enjoying rave reviews but the iMac is struggling to get a honorable mention. Apple however wins in the smartphone wars because Microsoft is yet to unveil a worthy rival to the iPhone – it is too early to know if the Surface Phone will be up to the task.
In August, we wrote about how Microsoft’s Surface Pro is cannibalizing Apple iPad sales. Of course, it is no longer news that Surface has outpaced the iPad for much of this year as its two-in-one form factor of the Surface Pro makes it a more versatile device. Now, Apple is done playing losing market share it the tablet wars and it is counting on its next iPad to change the narrative. Fresh rumors out of the tech market suggest that the next iPad won’t have a home button.
Apple done with ports, now the Home Button is at risk
Japanese blog Makotakara has published a report on some of the specs that we can expect in the next iPad. One of the most striking features of the new iPad is that Apple Inc. is planning to remove the iconic home button from the device. The firm is now working on putting the Home button under the display glass.
One of the main perks of making the next iPad with a virtual home button is that the device will have increased screen real estate. The new iPad won’t have a bezel on the bottom of the screen where the home button used to be and it is not likely to have bezels on the sides, but it will definitely have a bezel at the top of the screen where the Facetime camera will be fixed.
Rumors have been flying through the tech industry that Apple is toying with the idea of a virtual home button on its iPhone. Of course, the iPhone 7 has a capacitive home button that doesn’t move when pressed yet it offers the same function as the home button. If Apple builds an iPad without a home button, you can expect features of the home button including Touch ID to be built into the screen.
Apart from the lack of the hope button, the Japanese site suggests that the new iPad will have a 10.5-inch screen. However, rumors about the size of the screen varies with some leaks suggesting a 10.1 inch display while others leaks suggests a 10.5-inch display. However, the removal of home screen, thin bezels, and large screen size come with a tradeoff. The device will be 7.5 millimeters thick which makes it about the same size as the iPad Air from 2013.