Earlier this year, when Apple officially announced the iPhone X, it also announced its next big push for biometric security: Face ID.
To make it work, though, Apple had to build into the upcoming flagship smartphone a TrueDepth camera system, which the company has touted as being one of the major factors as to why Face ID will be so secure, and why it will work much better than face recognition options already out there in the market. With front-facing cameras being in just about everything these days, the expectation for weeks has been that Apple would include the feature in its other products at some point in the future.
That includes the iPad lineup. According to an analyst note released by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, that is what Apple is currently working on. Kuo believes that Apple is already planning on including the TrueDepth camera system in the 2018 iPad Pro lineup, which would effectively bring Face ID to the top-tier tablet family next year.
“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.”
As mentioned in that segment, taken from Kuo’s note, the analyst also believes that the company will be including the TrueDepth camera system in the 2018 iPhone lineup, too, effectively expanding the functionality to more devices beyond just the iPhone X (and its successor). There’s no word in the note if this means those devices will get more expensive, too, as a result of the new technology tucked inside.
For those who want Face ID brought to the iPad Pro lineup, this looks like a pretty solid indicator that could happen soon enough.