iPhone X doesn’t launch until next month, but we’re already starting to hear rumours about where the flagship smartphone’s new facial recognition system will end-up next.
According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the Face ID system is being lined-up for the next refresh of the iPad Pro range.
Apple will incorporate its next-generation depth-sensing cameras to the productivity-focused tablets next year, the KGI Securities analyst has forecast.
Kuo is typically very reliable when it comes to information on unannounced Apple products, so it’s highly-likely Apple is actively looking into the possibility of Face ID on its iPad line-up.
Aside from the face-tracking capabilities of the TrueDepth camera system that powers Face ID, the decision to bring facial recognition to the iPad could be indicative of an iPhone X-style redesign for the tablet range.
Apple has already started to whittle away the bezels on the iPad Pro with the launch of the 10.5-inch model earlier this year.
Whether the Cupertino-based company decides to throw-out the Home Button in favour of an edge-to-edge display and notch design, like the iPhone X, is not impossible – but seems a little soon.
Meanwhile, Ming-Chi Kuo believes Face ID will expand to more iPhone models in 2018 provided the technology proves to be a success in the iPhone X.
The KGI Securities analyst believes the new authentication system could be adopted by non-X models next September.
When it was announced last month, Apple said the iPhone X would “set the path for technology for the next decade”.
“It is the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone,” Apple CEO Tim Cook proclaimed on-stage during the launch.
The iPhone X includes a new 5.8inch edge-to-edge OLED multi-touch display, water resistant design, and improved dual camera set-up.
That OLED display also supports 3D Touch – Apple’s pressure-sensitive screen technology – as well as True Tone, which seamlessly adapts the temperature of the display to the ambient light.
Like the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus before it, iPhone X is water and dust resistant, rated IP67.
The new smartphone unlocks and authenticates payments via Face ID – a new depth-sensing face scanning technology.
iPhone X is available in two colours: Space Grey and Silver.
Apple will charge £999 for the entry-level iPhone X model, which ships with 64GB of storage built-in. The top-of-the-line model packs 256GB of storage and costs £1,149.
The US technology offers a number of payment plans for users, including its iPhone Upgrade Programme, which lets users pay-off their device in monthly instalments and upgrade to a new iPhone each year.
Apple bundles AppleCare+ with the iPhone Upgrade Programme plans.
Pre-orders for the new iPhone will be available online on Friday October 27th 2017.
If Apple follows its usual timeline (and there’s no reason to believe it won’t this time around) then pre-orders will be available from 8:01am in the UK and Ireland.
Those abroad should check the Apple Store at 12:01am US Pacific Time, US Central Time 2:01am, Canada (Toronto) 3:01am, Central European Time 9:01am, Australia 3:01pm, and Japan (Tokyo) 4:01pm.
Orders can be reserved for pick-up in brick-and-mortar Apple Stores, or posted to home addresses, on Friday November 3rd.