At the end of last year, rumours about a new generation of iPad and iPad mini started making the rounds. Both devices were said to come with a new redesign that’s similar to the iPad Pro. That said, it’s possible that the two new upcoming Apple tablets may not feature Face ID.
This is based on the beta code of iOS 12.2, as spotted by Steven Troughton-Smith, who shared this observation via Twitter. This could possibly put the talk of redesigns for the two upcoming iPads into question. And by extension, this also suggests that the two iPads will be relying of Touch ID.
In theory, iOS 12.2 references four new iPads in WiFi & Cellular variants (perhaps mini, and 9.7"?), all without Face ID, and a (seventh-gen?) iPod touch with no Touch ID nor Face ID pic.twitter.com/xiJN6kmmTe
— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) January 25, 2019
Interestingly, there was also mention of an upcoming iPod in the beta code of iOS 12.2 as well. That said, neither Face ID nor Touch ID were mentioned, suggesting there will not be any major change for the dedicated music player.
Whether all of this holds true, we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out. The iPad mini is said to be already in production, pending an announcement in the first half of 2019. Meanwhile, the standard iPad is also said to be scheduled for an announcement in the second half of the year.