According to recent reports from noted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s TrueDepth camera, the hardware behind the much-hyped Face ID, is years ahead of any comparable technologies. Android-based rivals will reportedly find the technology hard to match, at least in the coming one or two years.

Upcoming iPad cameras to feature Face ID

Smartphone and other gadget manufacturers are increasingly leaning towards 3D-sensing technologies. While certain Chinese manufacturers are coming up with under-display fingerprint technology, rear-placed fingerprint scanners, and in-display scanners are set to take a backseat very soon.

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It is believed that a change in such technologies will result in consumers shelling out much more for their smartphones. There are rumors that the next Apple iPad camera will have Face ID.

There have been reports claiming that the upcoming 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro will provide a similar experience as the Apple iPhone X.

Apple to have an edge over competitors

The current iPad Pro models have the widely-loved Touch ID fingerprint scanner. It is not yet known what will happen to this technology. Kuo believes that Apple is set to ditch fingerprint recognition completely. It is reportedly focusing on 3D-sensing tech. If this turns out to be true, Apple will have an edge over its competitors, as all future iPhones will have a full-screen design.

However, when it comes to mass manufacturing the TrueDepth camera sensor, there are challenges Apple is facing with respect to dot projectors, proximity sensors, ambient light sensors, and infrared cameras. According to Digital Trends, Kuo also believes that sales of 2018 iPhone models are going to shoot up if Face ID is a success.

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A huge gamble for Apple

Tech experts believe that the future of Face ID is dependent on the success of the tech in Apple iPhone X. Consumer reaction is crucial, though Apple will stick to 3D-sensing in all probability. Face ID will allow users to unlock their phones and also access other features, by scanning the user’s facial features.

The technology won’t get confused by beards, hats or hairstyles. It will map the shape and contours of the user’s face in real time. According to 9to5Mac, Apple will go with Face ID in 2018, despite the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus going with Touch Id. Forbes believes that this is a huge gamble for Apple, especially when Face ID has not even hit the market.

Some are of the opinion that Apple must keep both features in upcoming iPhones. There will be situations where users may find it impossible to put the phone in front of their face. They believe Touch ID is more effective when users have to unlock their phones subtly.