Icon Found in iOS 12 Seemingly Confirms Home Button-less iPad
Earlier this year, there was an icon that leaked out of a version of the iOS 12 developer beta that seemed to confirm some glaringly obvious details about Apple’s upcoming iPad. That release showed an icon of an iPad without a Home button—a design feature that appears to be the new norm for iOS devices. Now, though, another leaked icon in Apple’s mobile software has allegedly corroborated the earlier leak.
This leak, uncovered by 9 to 5 Mac over the weekend in iOS 12, showed another more-detailed view of the iPad Pro that we’re expecting to see announced at Apple’s October 30 event in New York City. The icon shows an iPad with a blank, grey screen and a thin bezel that runs the same width around the entire device. Again, as with the original leak, the iPad is pictured without a Home button.
With the detailed leak, there are some interesting things to note with this iPad Pro design—if it proves to be the real deal. First, the bezel of the device is apparently a lot thicker than what many analysts expect to see in this edge-to-edge display. Personally, I’d be fine with a little bit of a bezel around the edge of a tablet. You use these devices in a different way than you would a smartphone—either holding it with an open hand on the back or with your hand wrapped around the edge. With the latter, users will appreciate the extra space to rest their palm without having to worry about accidental inputs.