Apple 10.9-inch iPad Reportedly Has Same Footprint As 9.7-inch iPad Pro, Abandons Home Button

Apple has been relatively quiet on the iPad front since the 9.7-inch iPad Pro was launched this past spring, but the company’s suppliers are now starting to shed some light on what to expect for the next refresh. For starters, the new iPad is said to introduce yet another screen size (10.9 inches), which joins the 7.9-, 9.7-, and 12.9-inch displays on the current generation of iPads.

However, the 10.9-inch display is said to be shoved into a device that has a footprint nearly identical to that of the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Apple allegedly has achieved this feat by minimizing the bezels around the display. Smaller bezels mean that Apple’s palm rejection technology will be working overtime on this new tablet.

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9.7-inch iPad Pro

One of the tradeoffs to the thinner bezels is that that device thickness will increase by about 0.3 mm, making the new 10.9-inch iPad about the same thickness as the original iPad Air. Another interesting piece of information is that 10.9-inch iPad will no longer feature a physical home button. The iPhone 7 removed the physical switch on the home button and replaced with a stationary haptic “button”.

This new iPad, however, will reportedly feature a home button that is actually embedded into this display. We’ve seen an Apple patent for this technology before (which also incorporates Touch ID into the display), but had predicted that it would debut on the next generation iPhone 8. However, it looks as though the 10.9-inch iPad will get first dibs on the technology.

There’s no word on when the new 10.9-inch iPad Pro will debut, but it shouldn’t be long before the components leaks start making their way to the internet.