“Apple Inc. is working on a redesigned, high-end iPad for as early as 2018 that incorporates key iPhone X features such as slimmer edges and facial recognition, according to people familiar with the matter,” Mark Gurman and Alex Webb report for Bloomberg. “The new version of the tablet is unlikely to include an OLED screen.”

“At least one new iPad model with a screen size similar to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is planned to include Face ID for unlocking the device, making payments, and sending animated emojis,” Gurman and Webb report. “The feature would replace the iPad home button that has come with a fingerprint scanner since 2014, one of the people said. The updated tablet is expected to be released later next year, a little more than a year after the last major iPad Pro upgrade, the people said.”

“The new version will mark the first revamped look for the iPad since the first iPad Pro debuted in 2015,” Gurman and Webb report. “Like the iPhone X, the new iPad is expected to include a faster processor and a custom Apple graphics processing unit, one of the people said. Apple is also preparing a new version of its Apple Pencil stylus and new software tools for using the stylus, the person said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Bring it on and spare us the kludgey you-know-what, please! Just put it in the bezel where it belongs.