All iPads Do you want a bezel-less iPad?

osx11

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I think it would be pretty cool.

Just 2 problems:

- FaceTime camera
- Home Button/TouchID
 

maflynn

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No as MacDawg posted, it impedes the actual usage of the tablet. My thumb will be touching the screen interfering with my usage.
 

patseguin

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I can see an iPad with no physical home button but like the others said, just holding it would put constant input on the screen.
 

KhunJay

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Sep 16, 2013
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No the bezel of the iPad air is perfect. I love the chamfered edge ....I thought it was cosmetic then I saw the genius in the grip that it provides. Sorry I'm gushing like a fanboy which I'm not.
 

eggersj

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Apr 23, 2008
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No the bezel of the iPad air is perfect. I love the chamfered edge ....I thought it was cosmetic then I saw the genius in the grip that it provides. Sorry I'm gushing like a fanboy which I'm not.
Must agree here... The beveled edge on the white iPad air is simply striking; both for aesthetics and ergonomics.
 

sixrom

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Nov 13, 2013
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"Looking cool" does not make it practcal to use!
But sadly, looking cool is a Core Value over functionality in AppleLand. Especially in the mobile space.

Fortunately my much loved MBA & MBP function very well and remain my favorite Apple products.
 

irnchriz

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May 2, 2005
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The bezel is thin enough to the point that that it is a liability. Apple should be taking a long hard look at the current design and making it a bit more robust. The extra glass around the display is the reason why they don't laminate the LCD to the glass, if they could replace the glass bezel with aluminium and have the screen and glass the same size they could laminate it and increase the durability in one swoop.
 

Piggie

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Feb 23, 2010
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How many more times, do I have top post my idea that is the solution

(wonders if anyone has patented it)

We want a "Soft Bezel"

So the whole front of the device is screen, right out to say 1mm from the edge

So if you are watching a movie or having the phone laying on it's back it's totally all screen.

Then you pick it up, and black appears (on the screen) all the way around for a bezel, smooth scrolls or fades into view.

So it looks like a bezel, but it's just black screen area that is touch ignored when its in this mode

So you have a fully programmable bezel

Seems an ideal win win answer.
 

Lucille Carter

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Jul 3, 2013
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But sadly, looking cool is a Core Value over functionality in AppleLand. Especially in the mobile space.

Fortunately my much loved MBA & MBP function very well and remain my favorite Apple products.
We are talking about an iPad not your MBA and MBP. :mad:
 

SomeGuyDude

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Mar 19, 2011
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How many more times, do I have top post my idea that is the solution

(wonders if anyone has patented it)

We want a "Soft Bezel"

So the whole front of the device is screen, right out to say 1mm from the edge

So if you are watching a movie or having the phone laying on it's back it's totally all screen.

Then you pick it up, and black appears (on the screen) all the way around for a bezel, smooth scrolls or fades into view.

So it looks like a bezel, but it's just black screen area that is touch ignored when its in this mode

So you have a fully programmable bezel

Seems an ideal win win answer.
That sounds comically difficult to implement.
 

carjakester

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Oct 21, 2013
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How many more times, do I have top post my idea that is the solution

(wonders if anyone has patented it)

We want a "Soft Bezel"

So the whole front of the device is screen, right out to say 1mm from the edge

So if you are watching a movie or having the phone laying on it's back it's totally all screen.

Then you pick it up, and black appears (on the screen) all the way around for a bezel, smooth scrolls or fades into view.

So it looks like a bezel, but it's just black screen area that is touch ignored when its in this mode

So you have a fully programmable bezel

Seems an ideal win win answer.
wouldn't that make programming apps a nightmare?
 

The Doctor11

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Dec 15, 2013
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How many more times, do I have top post my idea that is the solution

(wonders if anyone has patented it)

We want a "Soft Bezel"

So the whole front of the device is screen, right out to say 1mm from the edge

So if you are watching a movie or having the phone laying on it's back it's totally all screen.

Then you pick it up, and black appears (on the screen) all the way around for a bezel, smooth scrolls or fades into view.

So it looks like a bezel, but it's just black screen area that is touch ignored when its in this mode

So you have a fully programmable bezel

Seems an ideal win win answer.
NO! I would hate that so much! It would just be annoying and like already said developer nightmare.
 

Piggie

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Feb 23, 2010
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NO! I would hate that so much! It would just be annoying and like already said developer nightmare.
There is no Dev work

The zooming is built into the hardware/firmware

This means Apple needs to get away from the 8-bit days of bitmapped graphics thought.
 

SomeGuyDude

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Mar 19, 2011
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There is no Dev work

The zooming is built into the hardware/firmware

This means Apple needs to get away from the 8-bit days of bitmapped graphics thought.
Zooming, sure, but we do have a slight issue: softkeys. What you're suggesting would mean removing the physical home button and going to Nexus-style softkeys. I admit I don't know iOS that well but if their keyboard implementation is any hint they don't do things quite like Android so it wouldn't be quite as plug-and-play to have that show up.

Not to mention it would eliminate all the benefits OF a physical home button. Apple isn't sticking with it because they're stubborn, the fact is that having one is just plain nicer than always relying on the screen itself (particularly now that TouchID is being implemented). So a bezel-free iPad would lose that.
 

C. Robert

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Oct 1, 2013
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Cool Idea! I can make a hat with a stand to hold the iPad in front of my face. That way touching the screen won't effect it.
 

jdiamond

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Dec 17, 2008
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Always worth looking at what's held up over time...

No, it would be to hard to hold.
I couldn't agree more - if you look at what people found the most convenient for books, magazines, even notepads for the past 500 years, there's considerable bezel space that isn't even about touch input, but being able to hold the book without covering the content.

That's not done lightly - the bezel in printed media adds a lot to the amount of paper and weight of the product. Margins would be smaller if it were practical.
 

cynics

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Jan 8, 2012
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I'm going to play devils advocate here just to side with the OP.

How would you guys feel if the bezel was screen space?

Say for example normally it looks exactly like the current iPad. However fire up a movie and the bezel is also screen. There is just no capacitive input in that area.

This just wouldn't have to be limited to movies but games and anything else.

I'm just throwing up ideas. Might be neat though. Little extra viewing area without relying on accidental touch software.