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Apple is planning a significant investment in LG Innotek to secure supply of 3D sensing modules for next-generation iPhone and iPad models expected to launch this year, according to Korean website The Investor.

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iPad Pro render by Benjamin Geskin and rough mockup of iPhone X and iPhone X Plus

The upfront payment could be worth as much as around $820.9 million, which LG Innotek would use to build additional facilities for production of 3D sensing and camera modules for mobile devices, the report claims.

The 3D sensing modules assembled by LG Innotek, including the flood illuminator and dot projector, are key components of the iPhone X's new TrueDepth camera system, enabling features such as Face ID and Animoji.

The investment would make sense given Apple plans to launch a refreshed iPhone X, a larger iPhone X Plus, and a mid-range iPhone each with Face ID later this year, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Apple will also release at least one iPad Pro model with Face ID this year, according to Mark Gurman at Bloomberg News.

The investment could help Apple avoid the temporary supply chain issues it experienced with 3D sensing modules late last year, ensuring availability of the new iPhone X, iPhone X Plus, and iPad Pro is more plentiful.

Article Link: LG Expected to Supply Face ID Technology on New iPhone X, iPad Pro, and iPhone X Plus This Year
 

asdavis10

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Multiple logins with Face ID and iOS 12 on iPad (Pro). Yes please, Apple.

Higher ASP could mitigate the drop in unit sales. Could also spur people to upgrade. But I doubt we'll see this anytime soon.
 
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e1me5

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My wallet is ready for an iPad Pro, if a new and better MBP is released as well!
 
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iapplelove

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FaceID would make sense on the iPad in conjunction with TouchID, and ONLY provided the numerous kinks (e.g. operating on landscape mode) are fully ironed out first.

From someone with a Face ID device, I don’t think I would want both on my device. Face ID is plenty. Just make Face ID better and for iPad. Plenty.
 
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ph001bi

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From someone with a Face ID device, I don’t think I would want both on my device. Face ID is plenty. Just make Face ID better and for iPad. Plenty.

I could do with a 4K screen on the 12.9 inch iPad Pro. I'd like Face ID on my MacBook Pro too. I got so used to it on the X than I now find it old school when I use it on the MBP.

I know, first world problem.
 
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heov

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Can't wait until they get this to a small package. Flood illuminator, camera IR sensor, dot projector... all in one tiny lens! Looks so clunky right now. It'll make the notch smaller
 
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loby

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Apple is planning a significant investment in LG Innotek to secure supply of 3D sensing modules for next-generation iPhone and iPad models expected to launch this year, according to Korean website The Investor.

face-id-ipad-iphone.jpg

iPad Pro render by Benjamin Geskin and rough mockup of iPhone X and iPhone X Plus

The upfront payment could be worth as much as around $820.9 million, which LG Innotek would use to build additional facilities for production of 3D sensing and camera modules for smartphones, the report claims.

The 3D sensing modules assembled by LG Innotek, including the flood illuminator and dot projector, are key components of the iPhone X's new TrueDepth camera system, enabling features such as Face ID and Animoji.

The investment would make sense given Apple plans to launch a refreshed iPhone X, a larger iPhone X Plus, and a mid-range iPhone each with Face ID later this year, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Apple will also release at least one iPad Pro model with Face ID this year, according to Mark Gurman at Bloomberg News.

The investment could help Apple avoid the temporary supply chain issues it experienced with 3D sensing modules late last year, ensuring availability of the iPhone X, iPhone X Plus, and new iPad Pro is more plentiful.

Article Link: LG Expected to Supply Face ID Technology on iPad Pro, iPhone X, and iPhone X Plus This Year

Face ID...no thanks.
 
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heov

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The same way I hold my current 9.7" Pro, by the edges? lol (FYI, I can 'palm' my 9.7")

But you'd be touching the screen. Like if you are holding it with one hand. I get you could do 2 handed in portrait mode... but usually in landscape mode, people grip it in a way where they'd be touching the screen.

It's probably why Apple still has large bezels on top and bottom (vs sides)
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It'd look like the Essential PH-1 then. I know, I own one.

I own one too. Then, they'll figure out how to put it behind the screen :)
 
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jclardy

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I really want Face ID on an iPad. But man, do I really not want to buy yet another smart keyboard. Cutting out the top and bottom bezels would be nice though, also the weight reduction plus ditching the home button would all be great.
 
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