KGI Securities' analyst Ming-Chi Kuo: Face ID coming to iPad in 2018

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Last week we predicted that Apple probably will not implement many iPhone X features to the iPad in 2018. Instead we said that the next-generation iPad will most likely gain an IP67 waterproof rating and lose its headphone jack like the current iPhone models. However, trusted KGI Securities' analyst Ming-Chi Kuo doesn't agree with us.

In an investor's note obtained by MacRumors, Kuo said Apple will add TrueDepth cameras and Face ID to all iPhone and iPad Pro models released in 2018.

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.

"... 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."

While the iPad has caught up to the iPhone in technology, 12MP camera, Touch ID and so on, it still ships with its headphone jack and is not yet waterproof. This is a major design feature of the iPhone that we assume will eventually come to the iPad if Apple's goal is to go totally wireless. It is also unknown if Apple will be one of the first major smartphone makers to bring wireless charging to its tablets.

Kuo's prediction also brings up an interesting question. Face ID and the TrueDepth Camera are two of the major features setting the iPhone X apart from the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (not forgetting its edge-to-edge OLED display). If Apple plans to introduce these features to its other iOS devices as soon as 2018, does that mean there will be no second-generation iPhone X? If so, will all the next-generation iPhone models see an increase in price also?

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