The iOS 12 developer beta includes a new icon that does not have a home button and appears to have thinner bezels (the borders between the screen and the edge of the iPad), 9to5Mac said. Numerous reports throughout the past year have suggested that Apple's next iPad will include Face ID instead of a home button.
Face ID was introduced on the iPhone X and allows a user to unlock the device by looking at it, instead of authenticating using a fingerprint on the home button. Without a home button, users will likely swipe up from the bottom of the new iPad to return to the home screen, the same gesture required by the iPhone X.
Apple typically unveils its new iPhones during in September. It's possible the new iPad makes its debut there, too.