Face ID Might Come To iPad Pro Next Year [Reports]

The first iPhone with Face ID face recognition replaced with Touch ID fingerprint sensor hasn’t even hit stores. But predictions from reliable sources already getting hit with a rumor. It looks as though iPhone X will not the only Apple device to support Face ID come 2018, iPad Pro also be getting the same treatment.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities analyst who issued a note predicting that the iPad Pro models released next year will include depth-sensing cameras and Apple’s Face ID tech. A new research note surfaced claiming that Apple has internal plans to equip next year’s iPad Pro models with TrueDepth camera hardware, which will hopefully bring Face ID functionality to Apple’s tablets for the first time.

With the introduction of iPhone X hardware also brought with it a move away from the physical Home button and Touch ID in favor of a new camera experience, which is somewhat capable of delivering an advanced facial recognition system. Apple calls it Face ID, the same technology is speculated to be integrated into the next year’s iPad Pro. The analyst believes that this will be limited purely to the Pro models in order to offer a premium experience altogether.

We predict iOS devices to be equipped with TrueDepth Camera in 2018F will include iPhone X and 2018 new iPhone and iPad models. Because of this, we believe more developers will pay attention to TrueDepth Camera/ facial recognition related applications. We expect Apple’s (US) major promotion of facial recognition related applications will encourage the Android camp to also dedicate more resources to developing hardware and facial recognition applications.

Before we go forward and predict anything regarding Face ID, especially since the first Face ID cameras aren’t widely in use as yet, so Apple has no idea how customers are going to respond. If it’s true, Apple could go about putting Face ID on the iPad Pro models in two ways. One, it could build the camera into the iPad’s upper bezel, beside where the selfie camera is situated, or this could indicate that an iPhone X-style design of the new iPad Pro is on the way.

The question here is what happens to Touch ID? Will it get replaced, or will Apple ship a device with two authentication options?

Another interesting aspect of those research note is that Kuo believes the emergence of TrueDepth and Face ID in iOS devices will also mean that manufacturers of Android-powered hardware will start to take advanced technology seriously. For now, iPhone X isn’t actually part of the real-world just yet, so Face ID is actually yet to be tried and tested with consumers.

As the first tenth-anniversary bezel-less iPhone X starts shipping on November 3rd, but it’s likely fair to say that the above predictions will actually come out. He, the analyst Kuo also previously predicts that 2018 iPhones – the non-X models would eventually gain Face ID if the tech was a success this year.

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