iOS 12 Beta Suggests Future iPad With Face ID

It’s no secret that major electronics companies are always working on new products, and it appears that Apple is planning to update the iPad line-up with a model that supports Face ID. That is being suggested by Apple itself in the functionality of the current iOS 12 Beta.

The iOS 12 beta for iPads features support for AvatarKit, which allows users to use and create animoji’s as well as the so-called memoji’s. However, in order to be able to use AvatarKit, the device must have a Face ID scanner that is currently only found on the iPhone X. The AvatarKit interface has also been adjusted for larger displays, suggesting that is not a bug or mistake but rather a planned upcoming feature.

The iPhone X uses a TrueDepth camera that allows it to realistically capture facial expressions for the animated emoji’s as well as provide secure biometric authentication via facial recognition. Although it’s likely that a future iPad will use Face ID, other details about a possible iPad or iPad Pro successor are still very scarce. The image above is simply a mock-up.

It’s still unknown, for example, if Apple is working on reducing the screen bezels of the iPad further, although rumors are suggesting that. Because of the way tablets need to be held, reducing bezels isn’t always seen as an improvement by many. The home button would also disappear in favor of Face ID and a higher screen-to-body ratio.

Chances are high that Apple will announce more details about an upcoming iPad with Face ID soon, as Bloomberg analyst Mark Gurman anticipated that these iPads would release “a little more than a year” after the current iPad Pro devices, which were launched in early June 2017. A leaked supply chain report suggests that the Face ID iPad Pro would feature an A11X Bionic chip that’s even faster than the one found in the iPhone X.

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