What this means exactly for your privacy will of course be subejct for debate until the device hits the streets, but one thing is for sure: Whether it’s a positive or negative move in privacy terms, facial recognition technology is likely to be cropping up everywhere very soon.
And it seems that the next device to have what Apple calls Face ID might be the iPad Pro.
Respected (and often accurate) analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI expects the next generation of iPad Pro to have the TrueDepth camera that the iPhone X will have, and by extension, the iPad Pro would adopt Face ID as well. According to projections, this means that the Face ID-enabled iPad Pros should be on the market at the end of 2018.
This move, of course, would unify experience across Apple products, as the company likes to do. It would also keep Apple ahead of the field in terms of facial recognition technology.
As we discussed after the announcement of iPhone X, Face ID comes with a number of privacy concerns, not all of which have been adequately addressed by Apple so far. Some of these will only become clear whent the phone—and potentially the iPad—hit the market.
Another issue for consumers, though, may be the increased cost that comes with Face ID. The iPhone 10 is already set to retail for $1000—so what will iPad Pro with the same technology cost?