There have been rumours making rounds on the web that Apple may bring the most highlighted feature of its iPhone X to iPad models soon – the FaceID. Besides the former KGI analyst Ming-Chi-Kuo predicting its arrival there is no concrete proof of the device’s existence. But now, one of the developers seems to have found the first-ever proof that Apple may actually be working on an iPad with FaceID.
A developer named Steve Troughton-Smith has mentioned on one of his Twitter posts that Apple’s AvatarKit has come to iPad as a part of iOS 12 beta version. He adds that the developer tool requires ‘a TrueDepth camera to do face tracking’ clearly indicating that future iPad may soon support FaceID. The AvatarKit is also said to support the Apple iPad screen, based on the image shared by the developer.
For now, the interface does not support face tracking as it would require the hardware used in the iPhone X to make it work – TrueDepth camera.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise as Apple tends to make such moves and bring new tech used in flagship devices to other devices over time. This is something similar to the TouchID, which first came in an iPhone followed by iPad and later in MacBook Pro with Touch bar.
Recently a Rosenblatt Securities analyst said that Apple will be updating its 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad models with front-facing TrueDepth camera, paving way for animojis, FaceID and other 3D sensing technology for the tablet lineup. The two new tablet devices are said to hit mass production late in June quarter, claimed the analyst.
Apple is expected to bring FaceID tech to all the three iPhone models that are expected to launch later this year. All three have been a subject to rumours ever since last year.