An oldtime Mac person, I have generally been very warm towards iOS devices: I owned an iPhone from day one of the original model, ditto for the iPad, and ditto for Apple Watch. When Apple released the iPad Pro 12.9, I bought it as a joke to shock my girlfriend thinking I would return it, but it’s been my primary computer since. When Apple released the iPhone X I fooled myself into thinking I could afford it and I bought it, on day one of course. All recent Apple devices show profound thoughtfulness in the design, of course, even the ones that initially are hard to make sense of (say, the Smart Keyboard) have, over time, gained my respect. But now Apple has a conundrum. Rumor has it that they want to put Face ID in the iPad Pro, and reduce the size of the bezels accordingly. That would be fantastic. But which bezel would house Face ID? On my iPhone X, Face ID does not work if I hold the phone in landscape and try to unlock it. (Am I doing this wrong?) If this is indeed a limitation of the TrueDepth array, it would mean that Apple has to put 2 camera arrays in the iPad to enable users to unlock the iPad in both landscape and portrait mode. Duplicate hardware for no good reason...isn’t very Apple. So I assume that either my Face ID is playing dumb with me, or Apple will be able to improve it for iPad so that it will detect faces in both orientations. Still, the problem remains: would the TrueDepth array go on the long side (for landscape) or short side? And without a notch, what would tell elderly and non-techie users where to show their faces to? My mum uses an iPad. She is old enough to find Touch ID too confusing (the press vs rest finger thing never quite made sense to her). How on earth would I explain to her that her iPad will only unlock if she does not rest her hand on one particular stretch of the bezel which is for all intents and purposes indistinguishable from the other sides of the bezel? In fact, the notch is a great usability feature, giving users a clear “up” and “down” on the otherwise all glass iPhone. In a larger sense, the iPad 12.9 betrayed a certain hypocrisy about orientation right from the start. Everything is designed as if it’s supposed to be used in portrait mode (from the logo at the back to the logo on the iOS boot screen) but in truth most people use it in landscape. When used with a Smart Keyboard, the Apple logo at the back is not only sideways but - to add insult to injury - cut off in half by they folds of the keyboard cover. That is...sloppy design. Perhaps Face ID will be an occasion for Apple to rethink its stance towards orientation in the iPad Pro? The current iPad is still, I hate to admit, a blown up iPod Touch. It is time to have a new 12.9, laptop-replacement-sized iPad, designed from the ground up to be used primarily in landscape mode.