Apple will reportedly introduce its Face ID technology to the iPad Pro next year, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo. It’s unclear if the tablet will continue to offer Touch ID.
The news shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Face ID is Apple’s big new technology. The feature is the iPhone X’s headlining feature—and likely will be for years to come. It will be interesting to see how the facial recognition technology holds up to real world use when the iPhone X is released in November.
If the current design of the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and 12.3-inch iPad Pro holds, Apple can easily include both Touch ID and Face ID, making the devices among Apple’s most versatile, especially running iOS 11. But there’s always the possibility Apple will nix Touch ID altogether as it looks to perfect Face ID and its TrueDepth technology.
While Face ID makes sense in a smartphone, it may prove a little cumbersome on an iPad Pro. For folks who primarily use the device in landscape, the feature could potentially become moot unless users turn the device vertically to unlock it. It seems like it could be less convenient than Touch ID.
Also consider the fact that Face ID will only recognize one user, while Touch ID is capable of recognizing multiple fingerprints. For families, that could prove to be a problem when sharing a single iPad Pro.
Nevertheless, it’s clear Apple sees Face ID, which is reportedly years ahead of anything available in the Android market, as the future of its mobile devices. We can likely expect an iPad Pro with Face ID to hit sometime next summer.