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    October 10, 2017

    Apple’s future iPad models may inherit the iPhone X’s Face ID sensor

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    A new report from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed that the company’s future iPad models may be compatible with Face ID.

    Apple’s iPhone X is not only remarkable for its display, but further the 3D sensor array that powers the company’s newest biometric security standard, Face ID. Now, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the next product line to inherit the sensor may be the iPad.

    According to Kuo, Apple’s TrueDepth camera system will debut on an unknown iPad Pro model in the near future – potentially the edge-to-edge model we’ve previously heard rumours surrounding.

    Read: Craig Federighi weighs in Apple’s Face ID, explains how the iPhone X’s facial recognition works

    In a research note, Kuo offers that “…We predict iOS devices to be equipped with TrueDepth Camera in 2018F will include iPhone X and 2018 new iPhone and iPad models. Because of this, we believe more developers will pay attention to TrueDepth Camera/ facial recognition related applications. We expect Apple’s (US) major promotion of facial recognition related applications will encourage the Android camp to also dedicate more resources to developing hardware and facial recognition applications.”

    It is anticipated that Apple will follow up 2017’s iPhone X with two future models at some point in 2018, which may iterate on the company’s near-borderless display to varying degrees.

    Apple’s iPad, in contrast, has more or less retained the same design that premiered with the iPad Air through to smaller tweaks that have given us the iPad Pro.

    The iPhone X is slated for release (should the handset’s production be on schedule) on November 3rd, where general consumers will have their first opportunity to trial Face ID. Notably, Face ID failed on stage when Apple executive Craig Federighi demonstrated the feature on stage.

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    What are your thoughts? Would the presence of Face ID technology incentivize you to purchase a new iPad? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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