According to KGI Securities analysts, there will be no backtracking on Face ID: Apple will take it to iPad and all iPhones starting in 2018
Face ID, the facial recognition technology designed by Apple for its latest and most advanced iPhone, seems to have a bright future in the minds of Cupertino engineers. After being hypothesized by external observers (and perhaps by Apple itself) as a fallback solution until the eve of the launch of iPhone X, it now emerges that the system could be also used on some of the iPads which will be presented and placed on the market next year, and not only.
This was anticipated by the usually well-informed Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, which expects the novelty will not represent a temporary solution waiting for fingerprint sensors to be placed under the screens of the devices; its scope will be so innovative as to wipe out interest in Touch ID in all its forms and forms.
In the first half of 2018 the TrueDepth front camera dedicated to Face ID will initially be destined only to the high-end models of the Cupertino tablet, or to iPad Pro in its various and possible sizes; the move, in addition to providing the aforementioned products with an exclusive feature, will serve familiarize external developers with the TrueDepth camera also on tablet. The long-term goal of making the facial recognition and augmented reality functions unlocked by the system as popular as possible, so that they can be introduced next year also on standard and Plus iPhones.