2018 iPad Pro models may feature TrueDepth camera for Face ID

Juli Clover, MacRumors:

iPad Pro models set to be released in 2018 will come equipped with a TrueDepth Camera and will support Face ID, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo told investors in a note this morning.

Kuo believes Apple will add TrueDepth cameras to the iPad Pro to introduce a user experience that’s consistent with the iPhone X and boost competitiveness. With all high-end iOS devices equipped with TrueDepth Cameras, “ecosystem development” will also benefit.

Here’s the quote from Ming-Chi Kuo:

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.

Love the notch. Embrace the notch.

  • invinciblegod

    Just because it has that camera doesn’t mean it will have a notch. Maybe the iPad will just put the camera in the forhead.

    • Glaurung-Quena

      I was going to say this. Phones have to be pocketable, so you want the smallest bezels you can get away with. But an Ipad has different constraints, it has bezels all around to help make it holdable without obscuring the screen.

      • It’s worth mentioning, too, that if you see a mock up of the notch on an iPad: There’s no reason for it to be the same percentage of width as on the iPhone. The sensors don’t get bigger just because you put them on an iPad.

        That said, I’d rather have a thicker bezel on the iPad.

  • Mo

    If true, I’ll be interested to see how specialized business apps take advantage of the feature.

  • I think you’d have to have multi-user support for face identification first.

  • john doofus

    Not surprising. Of course the iPad will get FaceID. The Mac too, at some point. Maybe even the watch in a few years.

    • Given a new battery technology, sure. Otherwise I just don’t see the watch having the power. 🙂

      • john doofus

        In this case, let’s pretend “a few years” means 5-7.

        Maybe there’s some fundamental barrier here, but for the most part it seems that the watch is about that far behind the phone. Can’t find a source, but I thought I read that the series 2 was faster than the original iPhone, which means the series 3 is probably faster than the 3GS, maybe close to the 4. It also has LTE (which the phone didn’t get until the 5, due to battery concerns) and better gps/sensors than early phones too, I think.