Refreshed iPad Pro with Face ID teased in iOS 11.3

Apple is working on a new iPad, which some say could be the first slate to feature the firm’s in-house Face ID facial recognition feature, according to a string of code uncovered in the now-available iOS 11.3 beta.

References to a so-called “Modern” iPad have been spotted in the code for the first beta of iOS 11.3. That’s interesting because Apple first adopted the “Modern” codename when it was testing the software for the then-unannounced iPhone X.

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The code itself doesn’t cast a light on anything about the upcoming iPad, other than that it’s in the works. But renowned KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seems to have a good idea of what the Cupertino company’s working on behind the scenes.

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Kuo has reason to believe that Apple is looking to bring both Animoji and Face ID to the refreshed high-end iPad Pro range, which is tipped to hit the shelves by the end of 2018, omitting the beloved physical Home button in the process.

The iPad Pro (2018) – dubbed the iPad Pro 3 – is also expected to ship with an all-new A11X CPU, designed to improve on the shortcomings of the A11 Bionic chip found on the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus.

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