We’ve been expecting the Face ID mechanism from the iPhone X to arrive on other Apple devices as well and among them there’s also the iPad. We’ve seen renders and concepts of the iPad with a notch, but now it seems to be getting closer to a premature launch, according to sources.
Rumor has it that Face ID is coming to the iPad this year, via a release for a tablet that comes later in 2018. The info is confirmed by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo through a research note uncovered by MacRumors. Kuo is a very reputed and respected source, who is usually spot on with predictions and speculations. However, these are troubled times for Mister Kuo, who left KGI Securities, the company he worked for.
People thought that his departure could mean the end of insider info about Apple, but that doesn’t seem the case. He’s now at TF International Securities and still well informed. Now back to the iPad, the newcomer will feature Face ID and it’s supposed to come in the second half of 2018. Apple already announced a 9.7 inch iPad this year, with Apple Pencil support and a lower price.
The iPad Pro hasn’t been updated in a while, so that’s probably the model that will debut with the iPhone trio in the fall. Since the iPad Pro is usually a big machine, there’s plenty of room for a Face ID sensor and also a notch, to make the design stand out. We may be dealing with a sort of iPad Mini 3 update. If you remember, that one only added a fingerprint scanner from the iPad Mini 2.
We may get an iPad Pro with a CPU bump, the same screen as the predecessor and Face ID.