10.9″ iPad Pro to have the same footprint as 9.7″ model thanks to skinnier bezels

By , Nov 28, 2016

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A new report Monday from the fairly reliable Japanese outlet Mac Otakara claims that Apple’s rumored 10.9-inch iPad Pro model (10.1/10.5-inch, depending on a source) will have the same footprint as the current 9.7-inch models thanks to a lot skinnier bezel on the left and right side.

Citing unnamed Taiwanese sources, the publication reports that the device will also be a tad thicker than the existing 9.7-inch iPads at 7.5 mm, making it thicker than the iPad Air 2 (6.1 mm) and the same thickness as the original iPad Air.

“Informed” sources told Mac Otakara that the device will retain the top bezel where the front-facing FaceTime camera is found. The iconic Home button should be removed though the report stops short of specifying how Apple plans to replicate its functionality.

Apple could replace the physical Home button with either on-screen controls or an in-screen Home button that it’s expected to implement on an ‘iPhone 8’ next year.

As for the increased thickness, the extra space could be used to accommodate a bigger battery, an additional display layer containing an array of 3D Touch sensors, a higher-resolution screen or other yet unknown hardware additions.

Interestingly enough, Mac Otakara mentions that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will also see its thickness increase by 0.3 mm to 7.2 mm versus the current iPad Pro thickness of 6.9 mm (the 9.7-inch iPad Pro is 6.1 mm deep).

Last but not least, the report states that an upcoming 9.7-inch iPad Pro model will be replacing the existing 7.9-inch iPad mini 4. That rumored device is expected to have the same size and thickness as Apple’s diminutive tablet, sources told Mac Otakara.

Source: Mac Otakara (Google Translate)

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  • Cones1r

    So no rumored OLED displays for the next gen version of the iPad? I guess they’ll get the iPhone done before the iPad?

    • 5723alex .

      Next you will ask for a MacBook Pro with OLED display.
      OLED is s..t.

      • Abdulrahman Ateya

        I don’t know where you’ve been but OLED is superior to any display technology out there right now.

      • Shadowelite123

        The only thing OLED technology isn’t superior at is life cycle but even that is still more than enough. I think you should do more research rather than spitting out silly claims.

      • 5723alex .

        And still OLED is shit. Galaxy Sx screens have horrible fake colors. Quad HD IPS LCD is much much better.

  • Miqdad

    iPad Pro will also see its thickness increase by 3 mm to 7.2 mm. 0.3mm?

  • TheAvatarNice

    In the last paragraph you mixed up the screen sizes. I think you wanted to say: “… 9.7-inch iPad Pro model will be replacing the existing 7.9-inch iPad mini 4. “

  • ck125

    Hopefully they do this with the iPhone as well. Bezels have room to be slimmed down.

    • Shadowelite123

      Rumor mill apparently saying slimmer bezels for next years iPhone. Hopefully the rumors are true. While this 7 Plus is no bother in size, a smaller form factor would still be very much appreciated and compared to other flagships, this phone is massive lol

      • ck125

        Agree. For the size screen it has, the 7+ is huge compared to other devices with similar sized screens. I mean the note 7 put it to shame, and it had a larger screen..