According to Ming-Chi Kuo, a trusted KGI Securities analyst, Apple could be the first company to launch a tablet PC that uses facial recognition technology to unlock the device. Face ID is also used to verify the device’s owner when using Apple Pay.
Face ID might be coming to a 2018 model iPad Pro as early as the first half of next year. Similar to the upcoming Apple iPhone X, future iPad Pro’s will most likely sport a TrueDepth Camera that alongside Face ID will be able to verify the tablet’s owner and unlock the device.
Since the announcement of the iPhone X, many Android device manufacturers have also ditched attempts to embed fingerprint scanners and are scattering to come up with their own variation of Apple’s Face ID and TrueDepth Camera technology instead.
At this time there’s not a 100% guarantee that a 2018 Apple iPad Pro will be released with facial recognition technology, but it sure would be cool if that were the case. Apparently due to such technology being rather difficult to manufacture at this time, as Apple is discovering with the production of the iPhone X, it is possible that we may still have to wait a bit longer for an iPad that uses similar technology. Not to mention with the iPhone X not even being on the market yet Apple still has yet to gauge how device owners will respond to the Face ID feature.
Of course being that the technology is so new and complex, there are still some kinks to work out and security concerns. However, Apple is making all efforts to take every measure possible to ensure maximum security and ease of use. According to Apple’s Face ID support page;
The probability that a random person in the population could look at your iPhone X and unlock it using Face ID is approximately 1 in 1,000,000 (versus 1 in 50,000 for Touch ID).
Whatever the case, rest assured we’ll see some technological advances and improvements with 2018 model iPad’s. According to Kuo, it’s also possible that all 2018 model iPhone’s, including non-x versions, could have Face ID too. I suppose we’ll just have to wait an see. As always, we’ll keep you updated on the situation.