It sounds like one of the most anticipated—and most controversial—features of the iPhone X could be moving to the iPad Pro as soon as next year. Well-known analyst and Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said in a note to investors that fans can expect Face ID on iPad Pro next year.
Face ID is Apple’s facial recognition feature, the one that sparked a storm of concern on and immediately after the big iPhone X reveal. Many Apple fans were worried about being locked out of their iPhone if Face ID didn’t work properly, but it seems like Apple has managed to put their fears to rest, at least for now. The true test will be in November when the first consumers unpack their iPhone X and start using Face ID.
In a note on Monday, Kuo said that he expects Apple to bring its TrueDepth camera system to the iPad line next year, which could mean that we’ll see Face ID on iPad Pro then. The TrueDepth camera system is what enables Apple’s facial recognition feature to work. Unfortunately, it’s also the component that Kuo believes is causing the biggest problem for Apple’s suppliers because he believes the camera module is what’s causing the yield problems for the iPhone X.