A new report from the Japanese Apple blog MacOtakara adds two new claims about Apple's next iPad, which is said to be getting a total redesign in 2017.
One of those suggests the next iPad won't have a home button, which lines up nicely with rumors that the next iPhone won't have a home button either.
It's unclear how Apple would implement the home button's features, like Touch ID or returning to the home screen from within apps, without a button. It's pure speculation at this point, but Apple could place the home button on the back of the next iPhone, like we've seen on several recent Android devices, or simply embed it (or hide it) in the display.
Previous rumors also claim the next iPad will have a borderless design, in which the front surface would consist mostly of the display. Yet MacOtakara's report claims it'll have at least one relatively large bezel at the top of the device where the camera is usually found, suggesting it won't be fully borderless.
If accurate, the latest claims help paint a picture of the next iPad and iPhone that's awfully similar to the new Mi Mix smartphone from China-based Xiaomi.
The Mi Mix has a near-borderless design — there's a single border at the bottom of the phone where the front-facing camera is found. Its home button is on the back of the phone, making for a perfectly flat, smooth front surface.
Either way, nothing is certain until Apple reveals it on stage. Barclays analysts say we can expect the next iPad in March. As for the iPhone, we expect Apple will do what it's done in past years and reveal it in September.
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