The much-hyped 10th anniversary iPhone X may not be the only Apple Inc. (AAPL) device with facial recognition technology for long.
It appears that Apple's Face ID system could be coming to the iPad Pro in the near future, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who's correctly predicted many of Apple's past moves. Assuming Kuo is right, the update would arrive in the iPad Pro 3, which is expected to arrive in mid-2018. Apple debuted the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, which had slimmer bezels and an improved display, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
Face ID replaces the fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone with your face and is enabled by Apple's TrueDepth front-facing camera system, located in the upper notch of the new device. Kuo believes Apple will limit the TrueDepth cameras to only the iPad Pro, which is the flagship device in its line of tablets. He added that if Face ID proves successful, Apple will likely add it to more iPhones than just the X in 2018.
"We predict iOS devices to be equipped with TrueDepth Camera in 2018F will include iPhone X and 2018 new iPhone and iPad models," Kuo wrote in a research note, according to macRumors. "Because of this, we believe more developers will pay attention to TrueDepth Camera/facial recognition related applications."
"Apple's major promotion of facial recognition related applications will encourage the Android camp to also dedicate more resources to developing hardware and facial recognition applications," Kuo added.
Apple has a history of bringing new features to some of the higher-end versions of the iPad, such as the Smart Connector charging technology, which magnetically attaches a charging cord to the device. Other changes have mostly focused around the iPad's design, such as the slimmer bezels.
Analysts also expect Apple to bring an organic LED display (currently used only on the iPhone X) to the next generation iPad Pro.
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