Code in iOS 12.1 Update Hints at Landscape Face ID Support for Upcoming iPad Pro Models

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Code in the iOS 12.1 beta released this morning suggests Face ID has built-in support for landscape orientation, according to information shared by developer Steven Troughton-Smith.

    A rendering of the upcoming iPad Pro said to be based on leaked CAD drawings​

    According to Troughton-Smith, landscape support for Face ID has likely been built into the update for upcoming iPad Pro models that are expected to offer Face ID.

    Troughton-Smith says that landscape Face ID requires a different alignment for the front-facing sensors of the TrueDepth camera system, which is why it won't be available for iPhone models that have Face ID.

    Previous iPad rumors have also suggested Apple would introduce Face ID support for landscape orientation specifically for the new iPad Pro models, because being able to unlock only in portrait mode would be inconvenient with a larger tablet form factor that's most often used in a horizontal orientation.

    Right now, Face ID on the iPhone X and the new iPhone XS and XS Max devices works only in portrait mode, with the devices unable to recognize a face when held in landscape mode.

    There has been some confusion over how Apple will implement Face ID in the iPad Pro models, though, as some rumors have pointed towards the inclusion of a new mystery port that's supposedly a Smart Connector located at the back of the device in leaked cases and CAD drawings.

    A rendering of the upcoming iPad Pro said to be based on leaked CAD drawings​

    According to Japanese site Mac Otakara, which has somewhat of a mixed track record when it comes to rumors, the Smart Connector allegedly works with a new vertically oriented Smart Keyboard. Mac Otakara believes Face ID in the iPad Pro will work only in vertical orientation, but both today's information and prior hints of horizontal Face ID support suggest that's inaccurate.

    Troughton-Smith shared a few other tidbits he found in the beta. There appears to be code to support an upcoming change to MFi game controllers that will offer up compatibility with clickable thumb sticks, and iOS 12.1 "seems to care a lot more about whether an external display is connected," which could be related to rumors of a switch from Lightning to USB-C.

    Apple's iPad Pro models are rumored to feature edge-to-edge displays with no Home button, no headphone jack, and a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port. We're expecting Apple to introduce the new iPad Pros before the end of the year, perhaps at an upcoming event in October.

    Article Link: Code in iOS 12.1 Update Hints at Landscape Face ID Support for Upcoming iPad Pro Models
  2. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Cue the complaints that it won't be available on the iPhone, despite as noted, it would require new hardware to do so.
  3. brunozs macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2005
    Whats up with these asymmetrical antenna lines
  4. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    It will take a lot of courage for Apple to put a USB-C port on it.
  5. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    Apple already has my money for one of these.

    I just haven’t told my ancient iPad Air yet.
  6. Gudi macrumors 68020


    May 3, 2013
    Berlin, Berlin
    While you’re at it, also turn the Apple logo on the back so that it’s upright in landscape mode.
  7. acblue94 macrumors regular


    Jul 26, 2011
    New York, NY.
    Interesting how the time isn’t in the top center anymore on iOS 12 for iPad. Maybe for a notch and thinner bezels around.
  8. AngerDanger, Sep 18, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2018
  9. pentidoes macrumors 6502


    Jul 20, 2011
    Europe (what's left of it)
    That‘s why they moved the time to the top left. How sad, I dislike it there.
  10. ph001bi macrumors regular

    May 26, 2015
    I could do with some rumours about the size of the 12.9 inch version.
    I have the original and it was always too large and with the keyboard it’s a monster.
    If they manage to fit the same screen into something hardly bigger than the current 10.5 then I might upgrade. Otherwise, I’ll go for the new 11 inch if there are some other compelling reasons.
  11. Klae17 macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2011
    Hardware that they clearly could have included in the XS, XS Max, and the XR.
  12. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Don’t the new iPhones have new TrueDepth camera systems.....
  13. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
    Wish they would release the new ipads soon .. i really need one
  14. Sasparilla macrumors 6502a

    Jul 6, 2012
    Um, I really want an A12 at 7nm inside this beast. With the last generations getting prior year iPhone hand me downs its probably not likely, but still want it - with a stomping GPU for all these pixels. (Going to take a Xr to save money for one of these)
  15. Return Zero macrumors 6502a

    Return Zero

    Oct 2, 2013
    Not being possible with the existing iPhone X hardware doesn't make sense to me... It's infrared light, dot projector, and infrared camera, all operating in flood/wide-angle. The field of effectiveness seems broad enough to work in landscape. What exactly would need realignment that couldn't simply be accounted for in software?
  16. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Armchair engineer, don't you think Apple would have been doing just that if it's that easy.
  17. nikster0029 macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
    I think external monitor support is much bigger than people here are caring for. Maybe added mouse and keyboard support can make this a better desktop alternative? I’m truly excited if it could support a ultrafine monitor
  18. Enclavean macrumors newbie


    Jun 14, 2018
    I'm gonna give them the benefit of the doubt and assume it requires more space than they had to make it worth it in the iPhones
  19. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    It's clearly not that simple, if that was the case Apple would've included it in last years iPX.
  20. Klae17 macrumors 65816


    Jul 15, 2011
    Right, like they couldn't engineer the X MAX last year? They held off on the bigger screen so people would have something to upgrade to. I'm a marketer, and Apple is a marketing company.
  21. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Right, not an engineer.
  22. Detektiv-Pinky, Sep 18, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2018

    Detektiv-Pinky macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2006
    Berlin, Germany
    Does Face ID now support more than one face?
    A typical iPad in a family is used by more than one person...
  23. Keniutek macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2011
    Cool, now make sure, that the keyboard connector is on the "wider side" of the iPad please...
  24. dantracht macrumors 6502


    Sep 19, 2013
    I guess we'll be seeing the parts/dummy leaks any time now? Still a bit light on the leak front, aren't we? Just these drawings, and code hints, or have I missed anything.

    Will get the 11" when it comes out either way. My completely uninformed, uneducated guess says these come out in November (after the XR?) or in the spring.
  25. CentralOffice macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2010
    Supports two faces now.

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