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Face ID could come to the iPad Pro next year

The first iPhone using Face ID has not even hit shops, but we are already getting hit with a rumor in where Apple's new facial recognition technology might become next. MacRumors along with 9to5Mac report that the frequently dependable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has recently issued a notice forecasting that iPad Pro models published next year will include depth-sensing cameras along with Apple's Face ID technology.

That is it for specifics at the moment. And since it is still early to be predicting this type of thing, Kuo's note should probably be taken with a grain of salt -- particularly since the first Face ID cameras are not widely in use yet, so Apple does not have any clue how customers are going to respond.


When it's correct, Apple can go about putting Face ID about the iPad Pro in 2 ways: it could construct the camera to the iPad's upper bezel, beside where the selfie camera would be, or this could indicate that an iPhone X-style redesign of this iPad Pro is in route. That sounds somewhat less probable -- Apple already started lightly reworking the iPad's design with the 10.5-inch version published this year, and it will likely be slow and expensive to produce a bezel-less tablet computer -- however possibly way it opens up the question of what happens to Touch ID. Will it become replaced, or will Apple ship a device using two authentication options?

Kuo also appears to be calling that the more iPhones could embrace Face ID in 2018, but his note does not appear to be as clear on this. He previously wrote that 2018 iPhones -- both the non-X models, that is -- could gain Face ID if the technology was a victory this year, and his note today reiterates that. But it's not clear if that is based on new info or if he is just repeating what he said last month.