The iOS 12.1 beta suggests a landscape mode for Face ID in iPad Pros

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The iOS 12.1 beta has been released this morning and the code in it suggested that from now on that Apple’s Face ID may have built-in support for landscape orientation. Developer Steven Troughton-Smith thinks that the landscape support for Face ID has been built into the update for upcoming iPad Pro models. Steven Troughton-Smith’s tweet regarding this matter read –

The landscape mode for the iPad is necessary because it becomes difficult to unlock an iPad using Face ID only in portrait mode, especially for those larger tablets which are most often used in a horizontal position. In most of the Apple devices, the Face ID works only when used in a portrait mode. Even in the latest iPhones which were announced at this year’s Apple’s event, iPhone XS and XS Max, the Face ID works only in portrait mode. They are unable to recognize a face when held in landscape mode.

With the rumors of having landscape mode Face ID, arises the problem of how Apple will implement Face ID in the iPad Pro models. Some have come up with the idea that Apple would include a new mystery port that’s supposedly a Smart Connector at the back of the device leaked cases and CAD drawings. Smith has also found a code in the beta to support an upcoming change to MFi game controllers that will offer up compatibility with clickable thumbsticks and iOS 12.1. Even though Apple has not announced release dates for the new iPad Pros but it is expected that Apple will launch them before the end of the year, and perhaps at an upcoming event in October.

The iOS 12.1 beta suggests a landscape mode for Face ID in iPad Pros