Analyst says Face ID could arrive in next year's iPad Pro

Joanna Estrada
October 11, 2017

The iPad Pros saw a slight redesign earlier this year, particularly the smaller, 10.5-inch version, where Apple slimmed down the side bezels to better accommodate the large screen; however, it retained the top and bottom bezels, where Touch ID still lives.

Apple seems to be battling with two problems presently - complain about swollen batteries in iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus and limited stocks on iPhone X. Apple has revealed that they are already looking into the problem even though very few reports have been made about batteries having distorted the frame and outer chassis of the phones.

It's worth mentioning that the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera system, while primarily used as the foundation for Face ID, has the potential to enhance the user experience in a myriad of other ways, with the introduction of the quirky Animoji feature being just one example.

Apple has yet to confirm Kuo's report about the rumored feature of the iPad Pro 2018 in the coming days.

The 2018 models of the iPad Pro may come equipped with Face ID, according to the latest note to investors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (we first saw the news reported by MacRumors). For now, the current iPad Pro design is not suitable to support a security measure that involves 3D mapping of the user's facial feature.

Adding a TrueDepth camera and a Face ID system to the iPad does sound plausible. Additionally, Kuo notes that a TrueDepth camera on both the iPad Pro and iPhone X will increase developer adoption. It is also odd for the iPad Pro to reduce its bezels, as it would make the device costly. However, everything will still depend on the public's response on the iPhone X's facial recognition technology, as the smartphone itself has not yet hit shelves. Aside from the iPad Pro, there are speculations that Apple's future handsets will include the Face ID starting next year.

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