Apple is expected to bring the iPhone X’s Face ID to other products in its portfolio, and it appears that will happen very soon. Developer Guilherme Rambo dove into the code of iOS 12 and stumbled upon what seemingly looks like Face ID support for the iPad.
Guilherme took video of a setup page that not only appears to guide users through setting up Face ID on an iPad, but also how the overall user interface will be moved around to make way for what looks like a notch.
At the very top where it says “Use Face ID For,” an iPad Unlock toggle can be turned on. There’s also the same Require Attention and Attention Aware features found in the iPhone X.
The Face ID setup UI is finally working on iPad. Clearly not done yet as can be seen by the descriptions mentioning "iPhone". But it's a start 🙂 pic.twitter.com/PVQgfbne15
— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) June 5, 2018
The most interesting detail is that at the very top of the information bar, the clock appears to have shifted to the far left corner, as it did on the iPhone X, and at the far right lives the battery status and Wi-Fi connectivity. The center where the clock used live is now unoccupied, strongly hinting at a dedicated spot for a display notch.
This latest iOS 12 discovery, along with new swipe-based gestures, strongly hints that Apple will bring Face ID over to the iPad. This upgraded iPad may be released later this year or possibly even early next year, but it looks like it is coming at some point in the near future.