Apple looks set to dump TouchID across the entire iOS device range in device updates that are coming later this year. Supply chain leaks and secretly captured pictures of iPhone 9 mockups reveal a future where your face is your passcode.
Japanese supply chain blog Macotakara, as reported by 9to5Mac, says the next generation iPad Pro will be almost completely bereft of a bezel and that the Home button, that has been part of almost every iOS device, other than the iPhone X, since Steve Jobs revealed the original "iPod, phone and internet device", will disappear.
Along with the introduction of FaceID to the iPad Pro, the headphone jack will disappear - I guess Apple thinks we've all gone totally Bluetooth now - and the body of the new iPad Pro will be slightly smaller than the current model. I guess that's good news if you make iPad cases.
The other benefit of the bezel-free display is that the screen can get a little larger. So, it's possible the smaller case could also come bring a larger viewing area.
Along with that, images revealed on Twitter over the weekend show what are purportedly mockups of the new iPhone that's expected to be announced in September.
2018 iPhone X Plus (6.5-inch) and iPhone (6.1-inch) Dummy Models. pic.twitter.com/QrgkT6u0vS
— Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) July 29, 2018
It looks like we will be getting an iPhone X Plus with the entry level next-gen iPhone only having one rear camera. That tallies up with what we've seen in previous leaks.
We're getting to that time of the year when Apple is preparing to bring their new flagship smartphone to the market. Last year, Apple broke with tradition, delivering two new models, the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. This year will see three new models if the rumours are right. But they're not the only changes Apple will be bringing.
If you're an Apple fan and are looking at updated devices, this is interesting news. When Apple added support for the Apple Pencil to the non-Pro iPad, it removed a major point of difference between the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the iPad. Suddenly, you could get access to a premium feature, support for Apple Pencil, and save a few hundred bucks in the process. By adding FaceID, they bring what may be perceived as a premium feature to the Pro and a larger screen, further differentiating it from the regular iPad.