Apple is expected to introduce a refreshed iPad Pro lineup this year with several notable enhancements, including Face ID and smaller bezels. While that new line isn’t expected until the fall, iOS 12 includes several changes that further hint at the new iPads…
Ecobee HomeKit Thermostat
As Benjamin explained this afternoon, iOS 12 brings the iPhone X gestures to the iPad. First off, you can now go back to the Home screen by swiping up from the dock along the bottom. This is similar to how you swipe up from the bottom on the iPhone X to return to the Home screen and signifies the possible removal of the Home button.
Furthermore, you now swipe down from top-right of the display to get to Control Center – again, just like you do on the iPhone X.
While it’s possible these changes are just for consistency’s sake, they certainly do also seem to hint at the adoption of an iPhone X-like design.
Clock moved to the side
Another minor change with iOS 12 on the iPad is that the clock in the status bar has moved from the center to the left-hand side. Again, this a minor change in and of itself, but it opens up the center of the display for a notch cutout.
Perhaps this tweet exemplifies it best:
Multi-user Face ID
Last but not least, iOS 12 also includes support for multi-user Face ID. Apple describes this as “alternative appearance” support. However, it’s hard to imagine the iPad Pro launching without multi-user Face ID support as the iPad is more commonly shared between multiple users than an iPhone is.
These are just several hints at the future of the iPad in iOS 12, and it’s very possible there could be even more. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we continue to dig through iOS 12 in the coming weeks. In the meantime, do you think the iPad should adopt a notch? Let us know in the poll below.
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