Next iPad to have Face ID and Animoji, developer shares proof

Next iPad to have Face ID and Animoji, developer shares proof
Your days of sadly looking at your iPad, hoping to some day be able to amuse your friends by sending them an animated character that slightly resembles you, are almost over! That is, at least, if a Twitter post by Steve Troughton-Smith (a well-known iOS focused developer) is to be believed.

According to him, a recent change in Apple's AvatarKit, the software behind their infamous Animoji and Memoji, now allows the support of bigger screens like the ones on the iPad. This was part of the latest iOS 12 beta, recently distributed to developers.

This added support for Animoji means that the new generation of iPads will have the necessary TrueDepth camera hardware to support Face ID, Animoji and Memoji.

Other features, that could logically trickle down from the iPhone X, are gestures like swiping up to get to the home screen. That means Apple tablets are next in line to part with the iconic home button. And while some users might miss it, that means thinner bezels and a bigger screen-to-body ratio, which seems to be what all manufacturers are going after these days.

If all the assumptions are true, users would be able to enjoy the new additions to the iPad family this fall, when the refreshed line-up of Apple products is expected to be announced and later hit the market.

source: Steve Troughton-Smith via AppleInsider



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

No home button, eh? Pas étonnant! The thing is; iOS 11 for iPad heavily relies on gestures remarkably similar to Blackberry Playbook. As a matter of fact; one can use an iOS 11 running iPad without even touching the home button (With exception of sleep/wake). So like I said; no surprise there. And FaceID and Animojis are pretty much a given. It'd be a cold day in hell when Apple introduce something truly revolutionary and catch everyone off guard! A day when pigs will fly and politicians won't lie... It's gonna be beautiful! G'Day!

2. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Are Animoji's seriously a selling feature for Apple and Samsung's now? I honestly have never used it once...

3. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

No one even buys iPads anymore. Everyone’s buying much more capable devices like Windows PC tablets and Samsung Galaxy Tabs with stylus support. Put it to rest Apple.

4. bucky

Posts: 3790; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

you are in serious denial. Also, windows is terrible as a tablet and those tablets are half assed laptops. I don’t even need to say anything about the Samsung tablets lol

5. JCASS889

Posts: 565; Member since: May 18, 2018

Just because it's not good for you doesn't mean its good enough for someone else.

6. toukale

Posts: 646; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

@Jcass889 - Common, SamsungNewbie was trolling with his comment. Apple is selling about 50 million iPads a year, no one else on this planet is anywhere close about selling that many tablets, whether windows or android. I would hardly call that a failure. If Apple selling 50 million iPads is considered a failure, nevermind everyone else. Although some of us seems to have a different definition for success when it comes to Apple and expectation.

9. JCASS889

Posts: 565; Member since: May 18, 2018

Not saying it is a failure, damn trolls lol, I understand that the iPad is the best selling tablet, I'm just saying that for some people don't need a tablet they need a full pc to do real work

7. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

The new iPad's are going to be so list worthy, I cannot decide what I'm more excited for, the new iPad's or the new iPhones! Oh man its going to be an expensive fall!!!

8. SamsungNewbie

Posts: 143; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Agreed. Note 9, Galaxy Tab S4, Gear S4 etc. Enjoy your new things! :)

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31308; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is becoming more obvious by the day. It would be smart on Apple to do so, as it’s a nice redesign, and brings more likeness to the X. Make this move Apple.

11. Jrod99

Posts: 760; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Want a 10.5 Pro but waiting to see what next iPad brings.

12. path45th

Posts: 406; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

I don’t buy an iPad because my current one, a four years old iPad Air 2, is still working so well I couldn’t justify the expense of a newer one. For me the iPad is the best computer I’ve ever had. Windows? So retro. Just lagacy apps and boredom.

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