When Apple releases iPad Pro models in 2018, its main flagship tablet device, it will come packed with a TrueDepth Camera and will support Face ID, reported MacRumors citing KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
There was no statement from Apple yet as to when it plans to unveil the new iPad Pro models, but some observers predict the tablet device will come as soon as the first half of 2018.
In a note to investors, Kuo said that he believes Apple, in order to boost competitiveness, wants to replicate the user experience felt in the iPhone X when the Cupertino company releases the new iPad Pro that comes with the addition of TrueDepth cameras.
Another beneficiary of the addition of the TrueDepth cameras will be the “ecosystem development” of Apple since its high-end iOS devices are already equipped with the smartphone camera technology.
While will only be limited to the iPad Pro line, Kuo also predicted the next edition iPhone models will start featuring the camera technology that comes with iPhone X.
“We predict iOS devices to be equipped with TrueDepth Camera in 2018 will include iPhone X and 2018 new iPhone and iPad models. Because of this, we believe more developers will pay attention to TrueDepth Camera/ facial recognition related applications. We expect Apple’s (US) major promotion of facial recognition related applications will encourage the Android camp to also dedicate more resources to developing hardware and facial recognition applications.”
What does this development mean to the Android smartphone makers? Kuo reiterated that the latter will begin researching facial recognition technology, in lieu of under-screen fingerprint sensor technologies.
Kuo has previously mentioned that Apple competitors will play catch up with the the TrueDepth Camera, saying rivals will take up to 2.5 years to replicate the same level of innovation offered by Apple through iPhone X.
iPhone X will be released officially on November 3. This flagship device will feature TrueDepth Camera for Face ID for the first time.
Apple has last refreshed its iPad Pro models in June 2017, sporting a new 10.5-inch model with slimmer bezels and new display technology.