Next year’s iPad Pro lineup to come with Face ID on board

The iPhone X is the first Apple device to ship with a TrueDepth front-facing camera that enables Face ID, the new facial recognition unlocking mechanism. But apparently the upcoming smartphone won’t be the only Face ID-endowed Apple product for long.

In a note to investors shared today, KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo says he believes Apple will add the TrueDepth camera and Face ID functionality to next year’s iPad Pro refresh. This is supposed to boost the competitiveness of the company’s premium tablets. Don’t expect Face ID to come to non-Pro iPads anytime soon, though. On the other hand, all 2018 iPhones should have Face ID built-in.

The new iPad Pro models could arrive as soon as the first half of 2018, since the last iPad Pro update happened in June this year. Kuo thinks Android device makers will begin researching Face ID-like technology for use in their own products, abandoning under-screen fingerprint recognition in the process. That said, the same analyst also claims Samsung’s Galaxy Note9 will actually sport such an under-display sensor – so perhaps the ‘Android device makers’ referenced here do not include the Korean behemoth.

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