Report: Apple to Replace Touch ID with Face ID Even on iPad Pro 2018
Apple is working on a redesigned, high-end iPad for as early as 2018 that incorporates key iPhone X features such as slimmer edges and facial recognition, according to a report published on Bloomberg.
Also expected in the model is the eradication of the home button, and with it, Touch ID. Instead, Apple’s Face ID will be implemented for unlocking the device, authenticating the user for other tasks like payments, and for Animoji.
By removing the home button, Apple plans to noticeably reduce the size of the edges on the top and bottom of the device for the first time since its introduction in 2010, bringing the design closer to that of the recently released flagship iPhone X. The new version will mark the first revamped look for the iPad since the first iPad Pro debuted in 2015.
The report comes after numerous claims, including from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, which also said Apple would embrace Face ID in next year’s iPad Pro models. By bringing Face ID and facial recognition capabilities to more of the product lineup, developers will be encouraged to create more applications, further strengthening the company’s ecosystem.
A new version of its Apple Pencil and new “software tools” for using the stylus are also said to be in development alongside the new iPad model. Apple refreshed its iPad Pro lineup in June of 2017 at the Worldwide Developers Conference.