New analyst backs iPad Pro with Face ID rumors

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Rosenblatt analyst, Jun Zhang (via Barron's), is the latest to jump on the iPad Pro/Face ID rumors, started by Bloomberg last year. According to Zhang, Apple is planning to launch a new iPad Pro with a slimmer bezel and Face ID in the June-ending quarter. If true, this would mean the end of the Home button for future iPad Pro models.

In January, Brazilian technology writer Filipe EspĆ³sito found references to a new iPad model in the code strings of the first iOS 11.3 developer beta. The mention of a device called "modern iPad" was similar to the code name given to the iPhone X is previous Apple firmware. The discovery added weight to the recent Bloomberg report that Apple was working on a new iPad Pro with Face ID causing various analysts to start making the same predictions.

Bloomberg released another report stating that Apple would bring its Animojis and a new tabs feature to the iPad in iOS 12. Adding the Animoji feature to the iPad would require the addition of a Face ID camera similar to the one found on the iPhone X.

A recent filing with the Eurasian Commission also hints at Apple prepping to launch another affordable 9.7-inch iPad in 2018. The DigiTimes reported that the new entry-level iPad would retail for $259 and launch sometime in the second-quarter.

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