Top Apple analyst says TrueDepth Camera and Face ID will come to the iPad Pro next year

Top Apple analyst says TrueDepth Camera and Face ID will come to the iPad Pro next year
According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, versions of the Apple iPad Pro to be unveiled next year will include the TrueDepth Camera, like the one found on the Apple iPhone X. The camera is used for the Face ID feature on the tenth anniversary phone, which allows users to unlock their handset with a simple glance at the device. At the same time, Face ID also verifies the identity of the phone's owner when Apple Pay is being used to make a payment.

According to Kuo, with the TrueDepth Camera coming to the Apple iPad Pro, so is Face ID. He believes that Apple is trying to make the high-end experience of the iPad Pro similar to the experience users get with the iPhone X. The analyst made these comments in a note sent to KGI's clients today. Kuo says that among Apple's tablets, only the 2018 iPad Pro will feature Face ID. In addition, Kuo expects all 2018 iPhone models to sport the TrueDepth Camera and Face ID.

As we told you over the weekend, Android handset manufacturers are now working on facial recognition for their own models instead of trying to embed a fingerprint scanner under the front glass. Samsung and Apple both worked feverishly in an effort to move the biometric reader under the display of their flagship phones, but both failed. Samsung placed its fingerprint scanner near the camera on the back of the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and the Galaxy Note 8. Apple came up with Face ID as a replacement on the iPhone X, and the public reaction to the feature during the unveiling of the phone has Android manufacturers looking to offer it on 2018 models.

The one drawback that Apple has discovered is that manufacturing the complex TrueDepth Camera is apparently quite difficult. A financial news wire recently reported that due to issues with the production of  the camera, Apple has achieved a yield under 10% on the production of the iPhone X. As a result, the launch of the premium model could be pushed back from November 3rd to sometime in December. Pre-orders will begin on October 27th.

As for the 2018 Apple iPad Pro tablets, new models (presumably carrying Face ID) could come as soon as the first half of next year.

source: MacRumors



1. Creep

Posts: 193; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Apple died when Steve Jobs passed.

12. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Apple is very much alive and kicking. The company has been making solid products since Steve Job died.

17. _KIRA_

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2013

like the iPhone 5c

2. Jacksie66 unregistered

The iPhone x is looking like vapourware at this stage..

3. AronWunarso

Posts: 245; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

That thing is big and you want to use the frikking Face ID on that thing? That's ridiculous.

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

But what about animated emoji? "Pro Users" need emoji for their professional work :-/ /s

13. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

How is that ridiculous? The larger bezels of the iPad would fit FaceID just fine and disallow Apple from creating a notch. the iPad is more well-suited for FaceID than the iPhone is, lol.

18. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Probably he imagine that you'll need to lift this tablet and put it straight in front of your face everytime you need to unlock it

4. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

That's a big thing, it's a nice addition to see for such great devices. iPhone X already nails it with that feature.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

All the more reason to keep my Pro 12.9. I'll keep it at least 3 more years, since Apple has gotten pretty boring, and predictable now.

7. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

U have 2015 version right? Or 2016 version I have 2015 version on ios9. Its still same as u just opened its seal out if box Its charging cycle shows 247 Thats how much i used it in almost 2 years Roughly 3 days per charge

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

2016 version. 256 gig.

14. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1603; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

With the way Apple keeps older devices updated you won't need one for years.

16. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Agree, especially since tablet is more like secondary device and you'll probably fine without one.

8. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Still use the Air 2. Does what I need. Probably keep it another 2 years.

11. darkkjedii

Posts: 31757; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Can't blame you on that. Now that I have my Pro and a Pencil, I'm set.

15. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1603; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Well this really isn't a shocker, most everything Apple puts into the iPhone or iPad makes it's way to the other device.

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