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Apple rumored to ditch the home button with a 10.9-inch iPad Pro next year

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Japanese Apple-oriented website Mac Otakara has claimed in a new report that Apple is planning to release a “nearly” bezel-less iPad Pro model for next year with a 10.9-inch model. Apple is reportedly aiming for the same footprint as the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro, which is why the home button on the bottom bezel will be axed. The top bezel on the other hand isn’t expected to be much smaller, as space is required for the front-facing FaceTime camera module there.

The report further suggests the new 10.9-inch model is going to be thicker than the current 9.7-inch iPad Pro, with a rumored thickness of 7.5mm. The next-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro is said to be thicker than its predecessor as well, by about 0.3mm. The 7.9-inch iPad Pro model on the other hand is expected to be nearly identical to the iPad mini 4 as far as overall dimensions go.

It should be noted that the exact display size of the upcoming 10-inch iPad hasn’t yet been confirmed, as KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the model will feature a 10.5-inch size while a report from DigiTimes recently hinted at a 10.1-inch size. Mac Otakara too had earlier reported 10.1-inches but now believes the tablet will have a 10.9-inch display.

The 10.9-inch iPad Pro model is expected to come with a quad microphone setup and will continue to feature a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Via: Macrumors

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