It looks like this year’s iPhone and iPad models will feature Face ID technology from LG, according to Korean website The Investor.
Word has it that Apple is securing orders of 3D sensing modules for its upcoming devices. Apple could pay up to $820.9 million to LG Innotek which could be used to build more facilities in order to produce more 3D sensing and camera modules for devices.
“Apple has decided to offer financial support for the Korean supplier in the form of an upfront payment and the exact amount of its investment is unknown. Some market watchers said the move would be in line with a temporary supply shortage of the 3-D sensing modules late last year, which had affected the sales of iPhone X.”
The 3D sensing will include the flood illuminators and dot projector, which are key components featured on the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera system. This means more iPhone and iPad users will soon be able to use Face ID and Animoji.
The almost always accurate Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities previously said that Apple is planning on releasing three new iPhone models this year which will all feature Face ID. It’s speculated that Apple will release a refreshed iPhone X, an iPhone X Plus and a mid-range iPhone.
According to reporter Mark Gurman at Bloomberg News, Apple will launch at least one iPad Pro model with Face ID.
“At least one new iPad model with a screen size similar to the 10.5-inch iPad Pro is planed to include Face ID for unlocking the device, making payments, and sending animated emojis. The feature would replace the iPad home button that has come with a fingerprint scanner since 2014, one of the people said.”
Even though Apple has yet to confirm anything, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Apple add Face ID as a standard to its upcoming devices.