Apple iPad Pro 2018 models to feature Face ID: Ming-Chi Kuo

According to MacRumors, he said in a note that Apple's suppliers are having serious production issues with the TrueDepth camera, and those problems won't be "significantly addressed" until fiscal 2018.

The iPhone X saw the first radical redesign of the iPhone since 2014's iPhone 6, in that it covered the front panel nearly entirely with the OLED display, physically eliminating the space for Touch ID to live under a home button.

It seems that Apple might bring its FaceID feature to its iPad series and iPad Pro 2018 models will be the first to get it. The iPad Pro would however be the first to adopt this technology next year, and a launch during March is expected. According to a recent report, Android smartphone makers are now looking to use 3D sensing on future devices, just like Apple on their new iPhone X.

Notably, Kuo thinks Apple intends to reserve the feature for its higher-end iPad Pros, not the cheaper iPad Air or iPad Mini tablets. Particularly, this is because Face ID still isn't even widely used, and as a result, Apple doesn't have an inkling of how consumers will react to the technology.

Until then, Face ID will be available to try on the iPhone X, which hits shelves on 3rd November. Kuo believes that this is being done to "introduce a user experience that's consistent with the iPhone X" and to benefit "ecosystem development". The design of the current models would probably have enough room to house both the TrueDepth camera system and Home button with Touch ID sensor. The report further says that the number of smartphone models with more than a million units shipped per month increased from 17 in 2016 to 22 this year.

The world's second-largest smartphone producer after Samsung Electronics already began delivering the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 and 5.5-inch 8 Plus to the first batch of countries, including the United States, China and Japan, on September 22.

While iPads don't command the same unit volumes as iPhones, this is all still good news for TrueDepth component suppliers Lumentum, Finisar, and II-VI, which provide the vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) that Apple refers to as "Dot Projectors".

  • Arturo Norris