The 2017 iPad has matte chamfered edges!

Appleaker

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For anyone that cares or found the shiny edges irritating, the 2017 iPad has matte chamfered edges meaning this is likely to spread to the Pro lineup later this year. Personally I think this looks better, especially on a tablet.

Another design tweak that will be coming to the Pros is the microphone array on the top and back. On the iPP, the microphones will not be moved here, but new microphones will be added in those positions to result in quad microphones.
 

Channan

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That doesn't necessarily mean it'll be available on the next Pro. So far the only devices with matte chamfered edges are this iPad and the iPhone SE, both considered the budget device of their category. I think I read somewhere that the polished edges cost a little bit more to do, which could be why these budget devices don't have it.

Also, a design change could remove any type of chamfered edge like on the iPhone 6-7.
 

Appleaker

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That doesn't necessarily mean it'll be available on the next Pro. So far the only devices with matte chamfered edges are this iPad and the iPhone SE, both considered the budget device of their category. I think I read somewhere that the polished edges cost a little bit more to do, which could be why these budget devices don't have it.

Also, a design change could remove any type of chamfered edge like on the iPhone 6-7.
That's very true, it could just be on budget models. it is an effective visual indicator, and the polished edges indicate a more premium device. I do hope it is a larger scale change though. The only other device with chamfered edges, released in 2016 was the 9.7" iPad Pro and it didn't make sense to randomly make the switch then. But at the end of a day it isn't big deal and I wouldn't mind either way.
 

myrtlebee

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Don't think it has anything to do with one being more "premium" than the other - I mean, iPad mini 2 had polished chamfered edges until yesterday and there was nothing premium about that device. I actually think the matte edges look much better (more "premium") and will wear much better than the polished edges.
 

Relentless Power

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Don't think it has anything to do with one being more "premium" than the other - I mean, iPad mini 2 had polished chamfered edges until yesterday and there was nothing premium about that device. I actually think the matte edges look much better (more "premium") and will wear much better than the polished edges.
I agree with this. And the iPhone SE also has chamfered edges, which doesn't make it any less appealing over the previous models in my opinion , which is such a minor detail. I actually like the look.
 

Appleaker

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Don't think it has anything to do with one being more "premium" than the other - I mean, iPad mini 2 had polished chamfered edges until yesterday and there was nothing premium about that device. I actually think the matte edges look much better (more "premium") and will wear much better than the polished edges.
Yeah I prefer the look as well. I don't think it's an indication of one being more premium than the other, but it certainly indicates that when you see it. Since it's a relatively new design tweak, the iPad mini 2 wouldn't have been affected.
 
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