Prospective iPhone X buyers may be waiting until 2018 for the device

Isaac Cain
October 11, 2017

Fresh information shared by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reveals that Apple is working on introducing TrueDepth camera system along with the Face ID on 2018 iPad Pro.

Apple's newest smartphone released, the iPhone 8 Plus, had not been out for long when a number of customers around the world reported that their devices had cracked open, apparently due to the expanding of their batteries. Throw in new AR features, the Portrait Lighting mode that creates dramatic backgrounds for selfies, and the new TrueDepth Camera with Face ID, and Apple is offering some exciting new features.

If Apple were to replace Touch ID with Face ID on the iPad, it is unclear whether the company would visually overhaul its design once again to make it an iPhone X-like all-screen slab (with or without a notch).

Kuo believes that adding these features to all current iOS devices will force more developers to take the TrueDepth camera and Face ID technology more seriously. Many Apple fans were anxious 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.

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The iPad Pro received its last major update in June, in both 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch sizes.

An influential analyst has said Android OEMs should emulate Apple's Face ID tech. That means those iPhones would also need to come with TrueDepth cameras and would very likely not include home buttons.

Kuo said that Apple will do so in order to offer similar user experience for iPhone X and iPads. The report further says that the number of smartphone models with more than a million units shipped per month increased from 17 in 2016 to 22 this year. Priced at $999 and up, the iPhone X will be available for pre-order starting October 27, with in-store availability set for November 3.

The statistics may change in the second half of the year with launch of Apple's new smartphones and Google unveiling Pixel and Pixel 2, and Xiaomi launching its much awaited bezel-less smartphone, Mi Mix 2. Now, it seems that Apple might bring its FaceID feature to its iPad series and iPad Pro 2018 models will be the first to get it.

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