The upcoming iPads will keep two important features that are surprisingly popular: the headphone jack and touch sensor.
Personally I can understand this. My iPhone X has neither of these and it can get pretty frustrating.
Sometimes it’s too dark for the facial recognition to work and I start wishing for the home button again. Or my Bluetooth headphones ran out of batteries and all I have left are wired 3.5mm headphones.
The only question is whether Apple will return to the physical home button or create a digital one on the touch screen. My bet is on the latter. Users have enjoyed the new real estate of bezel-less edge to edge screen.