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Apple's next lower-cost iPad could feature a Touch ID power button and a repositioned FaceTime camera, according to Japanese blog Mac Otakara.

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The report cites multiple Chinese sources who claim that alleged renders of the 10th-generation iPad shared earlier this month do not accurately depict the position of Touch ID or the front-facing FaceTime camera on the device.

First, while the renders showed the iPad with a traditional Touch ID home button in the bottom bezel, the report suggests the device could have a Touch ID power button on the top edge of the chassis, like the latest iPad Air and iPad mini models.

Second, the report claims that the FaceTime camera could be positioned in the right bezel of the device for landscape usage. The report says that Apple's Center Stage feature that helps to keep you centered within the frame during video calls works better when an iPad is placed in landscape orientation, and says that the FaceTime camera's new position in the right bezel would accommodate this usage scenario.

The report's sources did claim that the previous renders of the 10th-generation iPad accurately showed the device's overall dimensions. Previous rumors have suggested the 10th-generation iPad will feature a larger 10.5-inch display, a USB-C port, an A14 Bionic chip, 5G support on cellular models, thinner bezels, and flat edges. By comparison, the ninth-generation iPad features a 10.2-inch display and an A13 Bionic chip.

Mass production of the 10th-generation iPad is reportedly underway. Apple is expected to announce the device at an October event, partly because iPadOS 16 has reportedly been delayed until October, although it's worth noting that the ninth-generation iPad was unveiled in September last year alongside the iPhone 13 and a new iPad mini.

Article Link: Sketchy Rumor Suggests 10th-Generation iPad Will Have Touch ID Power Button and Landscape FaceTime Camera
 
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wilberforce

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I have had iPads with a traditional touch ID home button, touch ID power button, and face ID.
IMO, touch ID power button is the worst of the three, unreliable and slower.
IMO it needs to work 99% of the time, not 75%. 25% not working is extremely irritating, not worth having. YMMV.
 
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Joe Rossignol

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Why even report on it if it’s “sketchy”?
Sketchy rumor from a source (Mac Otakara) that is accurate enough to be taken seriously.

Sketchy rumors come true from time to time.

Not many people believed the reports we ran about the iPhone shipping without a charger in the box, or the MacBook Pro getting a notch.

"No chance!" they say.

Let's see what happens. It may or may not be true. But either way, this is a rumors-focused website.
 

ApplesAreSweet&Sour

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Apple could make a killing by selling something that looks like the current iPad Air but with (comparatively) dated internals.

Doing a very conservatively spec'ed 10.2 budget friendly version of the iPad Air with added Apple Pencil 2 support would be a hit.
 

JPack

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These changes would be much appreciated given the majority of $329 iPad owners are likely using it for media consumption. The Home Button on the iPad has been redundant since iPadOS 13.
 

Michael Scrip

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That's what people said about the VGA ports when they became obsolete too

VGA was obsoleted by better connectors. But we're still using a cable.

I know Bluetooth is supposed to be the answer whenever anyone mentions losing the headphone jack.

Well sorry... I'm not gonna use Bluetooth to connect an iPad to a sound system in a church or other performance venue.

;)
 
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