You might just want to hold out a little longer before treating to yourself to a new iPad, if the latest reports are to be believed.
According to information reportedly leaked by people involved in Apple’s supply chain, the Cupertino tech giant is about to release a new line up of redesigned iPad’s early next year.
The report comes from popular and normally reliable Japanese Apple site, Makotakara, which claims the company is busy working on a redesigned iPad Pro.
The redesign would see Apple remove the iconic home button from the bottom of the iPad, the report claims.
As a result, the iPad will lose the bezel that is present around the outside of the display, meaning the screen will make up almost the entire front of the device.
The redesign will see the bigger iPad Pro keep the same plus sized screen, but only take up as much space as the 9.7 inch models.
Rumours about Apple wanting to remove the home button are nothing new, and in fact first surfaced prior to the launch of the iPhone 7.
Of course the iPhone 7 kind of removed the home button, instead replacing it with Apple’s ‘taptic engine” which uses vibrations to make it feel like a physical button.
It now seems that this was a stop gap to removing the home button entirely.
More recently, on the upcoming iPhone 8, which will be the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and which is rumoured to made entirely of glass, Apple has also been tipped to drop the home button.
However, it now appears the new iPad will be first to omit the home button.
The move will allow Apple to gauge customer reaction to the change ahead of the new iPhone.
The new iPad is expected to be released in the first quarter of 2017, ahead of the iPhone 8, which is tipped for release in September next year.
Via 9to5 Mac