Will you buy the upcoming iPad Pro with Face ID? Please specify why and what is your use case.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by KensaiMage, Jun 7, 2018.


Will you buy the iPad Pro with Face ID?

  1. Yes

    142 vote(s)
  2. No

    72 vote(s)
  1. KensaiMage macrumors regular


    May 25, 2017
    I sold my iPad Pro after 5 months of using it because I felt that learning to draw is easier on paper and all other stuff I can do on my iPhone and MacBook Pro.

    The only unique thing about it was an ability of using it in classroom while teaching, reading your notes and walking around, and I kind of miss it.

    I guess it can be easily said that there is no Tablet/iPad we need, it is only a luxury to have it.

    So... Will you buy the upcoming iPad Pro with Face ID? Please specify why and what is your use case.


    One funny thing about iPads is that everyone uses the devices in bed/while being laaaaaazy. The only people I know who use the devices more are teachers and drawing artists. Is it useful for other people? ...Yeah, I know kids love playing games on their iPads ;)
  2. gnomeisland macrumors 6502

    Jul 30, 2008
    New York, NY
    While some things are still easier on a laptop I prefer an iPad when I'm not at my desk (Mac Pro). For my work I need to read and mark up PDFs which is much easier/pleasant on an iPad. My iPad mini 2 is just so slow I find myself not picking it up unless I have to, but not because I don't prefer the interface.

    My quandary, now that Apple didn't release a new iPP for WWDC, is do I wait and get the Face ID version (which would be a luxury I would enjoy) or get the current iPP which would certainly meet my immediate needs.
  3. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    I have no desire for Face ID. I primarily use my iPad around the house as a convenient consumption device. I'm retired now but when I was working, the use of personal computing devices was not allowed for anything so an iPad would not have been useful there.
  4. Greenmeenie macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2013
    Well, ones person’s luxury is another person’s necessity. I’m a travel blogger, artist/photographer, and i got the original ipad back in 2010. At first, yes, it was a luxury item since i used my imac & laptop for all my creative work. The ipad was just such a great media consumtion tool. I loved it. But gradually, over time, and as i kept updating my ipad every few years, i realized i was using my ipad more than my laptop when traveling, and even my desktop for content creation when at home as well. I eventually sold my laptop because i never used it, and my desktop is now collecting dust. I do all my photo & video editing on my iPad now and type my travel blog on it too. And when i’m relaxing(lazy as you say), i still use it to consume media. It does everything i need. The funny thing is, it’s not even an ipad pro. I definitely plan to buy one of the new ipad pros with face ID when they are announced however. If i’ve been productive on a non pro ipad this long, i know i will be even more so on a pro ipad. Nothing against computers. I used imacs & macbooks forever. Loved them. And I may even buy another mac someday if i find an ipad limits me in some creative task. But right now, i don’t see that happening.
  5. akash.nu macrumors 603


    May 26, 2016
    I don’t think the Pro model is required for most people. I’m on the iPad 2017 and use it for both work and consumption.

    In terms of work, unless I’m doing something specific that requires my Mac, I can do mostly everything else on my iPad. It’s much easier to carry around when you’re out and about and sometimes when I’m out and need access to my Mac I just use a Remote Desktop client.

    It just depends on how one is willing to use it.
  6. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
  7. muzzy996 macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2018
    I have no desire for Face ID on an iPad unless the technology is improved enough to work at extreme angles such that the tablet can lay down flat on a table a couple of feet in front of me and still be unlocked. I am sure they’ll make such improvements in the future, to what extent I don’t know though.

    The benefit I see in Touch ID would be when I have the iPad standing on the Smart Keyboard and I would simply be able to tap any key to unlock the device - BUT, I can simply tap the Touch ID enabled home key to do that so hmmmm... For me I don’t foresee any other benefits that I’d take advantage of (I don’t use gloves etc., I don’t use or desire to use animoji etc.).

    If the advent of Face ID on iPads brings about smaller bezels then great, though the current iPads could surely see reduced bezel sizes without it. I’ll always want some bezel to aid in holding the device, but they surely don’t need to be as big as they are now.

    Use case wise, I use my IPP for work and leisure. Ain’t nothing wrong with having the luxury of laying around the couch/bed with a tablet. For work my IPP with Apple Pencil have become a necessity just as much as they are a luxury. I’m a project manager at an engineering firm, and on a daily basis I push PDF plans to the cloud from my workstation for review and I’ll annotate them on my IPP with the pencil before kicking the reviewed plans back to our engineers for corrections. The luxury of doing things this way is two fold - saves on printing costs and provides digital records of QC reviews.

    All that said, if in terms of features the only things that the next generation of iPads bring are Face ID and smaller form factors I don’t see a reason for me to replace my current 12.9” IPP. Performance improvements with future generation chips will always be welcome but I’m fine with a 2 to 3-year cycle for my devices that I normally do.
  8. Geoko78 macrumors newbie


    Apr 29, 2018
    If it's without a notch perhaps,but if it comes with a notch nooo way...
  9. DNichter macrumors 604


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Yes, I'll upgrade from my 10.5. I want less bezel in the design, a larger screen, any other screen improvements, better processor, better cameras, Face ID, and gestures.
  10. MacDevil7334, Jun 7, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2018

    MacDevil7334 macrumors 65816


    Oct 15, 2011
    Austin TX
    I don’t think anyone really has enough information to say for sure yet. Several questions remained unanswered:
    1. Will Face ID require me to pick up my iPad off my desk and aim it at my face each time I want to unlock it? I use my iPad flat on a table in meetings while writing notes on it and leave it propped in the low position on my desk using a Smart Cover most of the rest of the day. Having to either lean over the screen or pick up the iPad in order for Face ID to get a proper scan would be an absolute dealbreaker for me. It’s fine on my iPhone where I’m holding it in front of my face anyway to use it. Not so with my iPad.
    2. Will there be a notch? The status bar redesign in iOS 12 makes me think there will be. The next question is whether the notch will be in portrait or landscape?
    3. What will Apple do with the chassis? Will it get smaller and lighter while keeping the screen the same size? Or will the screen be expanded to fill the existing chassis? I’d be pretty tempted to buy if Apple shaved a couple tenths of a pound off the 12.9 inch model. I don’t really feel like I need a bigger screen. Also, I hope the screen ratio doesn’t change. I find the ultra tall screen on the iPhone X doesn’t really add a ton of value in most cases.
    4. Will there be other hardware improvements? Maybe better speakers or a new version of the Apple Pencil? Those could be small factors that would tip the decision.
    In short, I will need to see what is announced before deciding. The current 2nd gen 12.9” Pro is already more than fast enough for everything I do on it. And, in the absence of any firm information, I am very skeptical of an iPhone X design with Face ID on an iPad. Apple will have to convince me this fall.
  11. ericwn macrumors 68000

    Apr 24, 2016
    iPads are tools for me - I buy them when I see value for the things I do with them (which is pretty much my main computing device by now). Face ID wouldn’t be a deciding factor in my purchase.

    I would also like to point out that this forum is full of people who use iPads for other tasks than media consumption- and no, they are not all teachers or drawing artists.
  12. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    It really depends on the specs/features. I'm content with my 10.5" now, I may be inclined to purchase a newer model if Apple slimmed the bezels down and introduced OLED.
  13. metalsiren macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2017
    yea for my iPad I could care less for FaceId. but I do want OLED for my iPad, and very little to no bezels. nowadays I want a end to end screen.
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    Oct 24, 2016
    I'm sorry, but I don't understand how any of you can justify buying new iPads. They're too big to take everywhere like an iPhone and are too limited to replace a computer.

    I could see one buying an older ipad for small purposes like walking around the house and needing a bigger screen to surf the web but that's it lol
  15. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    You’re post makes no sense. So You’re apologizing one of the most popular products Apple has ever made because of how portable and efficient as a productivity tool they are, where they literally are used every day by businesses, corporations, agencies ect all over the world. And you’re saying there too limited? I gather you don’t have a lot experience with iPads or you don’t find a lot of uses for them.
  16. Greenmeenie, Jun 7, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2018

    Greenmeenie macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2013
    Yeah, face ID on an ipad. Hmm. Since i don’t currently havd an iphone x with face id, i can’t really give an informed opinion on wether it would be good or bad on an ipad. People i know who have the iphone x love it...but as others whove pointed out in this thread, an iphone you hold in one hand and holding it up to your face is easier with a phone. An ipad is a different beast. It’s not natural to hold it up to ones face so easily. The ipad is held and used much differently. Often laying on the table or in ones lap. I would be curious how natural and easy it will be for face id to work in those positions using an ipad. Also, unlike an iphone, many people primarily use an ipad in landscape mode. An iphone you tend to hold in portrait mode more i think. So where would they put the face id on the ipad? On the vertical short side like the current camera? Will that make holding it in landscape mode while trying to unlock it awkward? I am sure it will be fine...but i will definitely wait for the jury to be out before i buy. If i think it’ll be a problem or annoying, i will perhaps nab an older ipad pro model. But i think it’ll be fine.
  17. thadoggfather macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
    FaceID doesn’t seem very practical on an iPad, but idk

    I think I might cherish my 12.9 2017 even more
  18. WinterWolf90 macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2014
    I will depending on the price. They raised the price of the pros pretty high and if they go further then I will stick with my air 2.
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    Oct 24, 2016
    I used an iPad for 3 years, it was nice but once I got my MacBook, I never touched it again...until I sold it lol
  20. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    The IPad is an Amazing Device I will buy it no matter what.

    #1.Every Apple product will soon have FaceID.
    #2.Cars will have FaceIS within 5 years.
    I’m not buying it because of FaceID I’m buying it because there no other alternative
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    Oct 24, 2016
    ya'll can spend your money however you see fit but i can't believe people are really spending hundreds of dollars on tablets in 2018 lol
  22. Greenmeenie macrumors 6502a


    Jan 14, 2013
    Many people use them in place of a laptop now, so in that respect, they are kinda worth it. Why spend over a thousand to two thousand on a laptop, when you can buy an ipad for hundreds?
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    Oct 24, 2016
    An iPad will never be able to compare to what an actual labtop can do, sorry.
  24. akash.nu macrumors 603


    May 26, 2016
    FOR YOU!

    For many it can very easily replace a laptop.
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    Oct 24, 2016
    If you just use an iPad to check your email and watch cat videos then sure.

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