Apple this year introduced the Face ID facial recognition feature with the iPhone X. The new piece of tech replaces the Touch ID feature for the first time. A new report from Bloomberg has now stated that Apple could now bring the same treatment to its upcoming iPad models.
The report says that Apple is working on a redesigned iPad lineup that will be ditching the power button or the Touch ID for the Face ID. These new iPad models are rumoured to arrive next year. Face ID on iPad models is said to bring in the same features it has in the iPhone X.
It would let users unlock the tablet using facial recognition. Using animojis and authenticating payments will also be possible. However, for now it is being said that since there is almost a year before the new iPad models arrive, the plans may change based on the supply of Face ID components. Although iPhone X’s Face ID is coming to iPad models, it’s OLED display might not make it to the company’s tablet segment. A Samsung Display operation executive told Bloomberg that the South Korean tech firm has the ability to mass produce OLED screens for iPad models in 2018. However, the “technical and financial constraints” may not bring it to iPads.
The report adds that 2018 iPad models will feature an improved processor along with a custom Apple graphics processing unit. The company is also working on a new version of Apple Pencil along with new software tools.
It is worth mentioning that the report falls in line with what the Apple tipster and KGi Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo said last month in a note obtained by Macrumours. Kuo clearly mentioned that Apple will incorporate TrueDepth camera in its iPad models for the year 2018. But he also mentioned that the feature will be limited to high-end iPad model only.
Earlier, Kuo predicted that the company will introduce the same Face ID feature in 2018 iPhone models.