New iPad with landscape camera and Face ID could soon be introduced

When it comes to iPad models that have their camera on one of the long sides so it's centered in landscape mode, that's all there is so far 10th generation iPad. This has Touch ID, which is why the camera position is not important for Face ID, but mainly for FaceTime, video conferences, etc. However, new code sections in the current iPadOS 17.4 beta indicate that a new iPad or iPad Pro will soon come onto the market that offers a landscape-centered camera with Face ID. Current Pro models already have Face ID, but a camera on a short side (centered in portrait format).

Comparison of iPad (10th Gen) with camera over landscape display and iPad Pro with camera over portrait display. The latter could soon change.
Comparison of iPad (10th Gen) with camera over landscape display and iPad Pro with camera over portrait display. The latter could soon change.

iPadOS 17.4 beta: “Face ID must be in landscape mode to recognize you”

The code of the current Beta versions iOS 17.4 and iPadOS 17.4 were developed by, among others 9to5Mac examined. New instructions for setting up and using Face ID on the iPad were found that do not yet apply to any model offered by Apple. With regard to setting up Face ID it says (translated): “Face ID must be in landscape orientation to recognize you. During Face ID setup, the iPad must be in landscape orientation with the camera above the display. When setup is complete, Face ID will work in portrait and landscape orientations."

In the new iPad Pro with M3 chip, the camera and Face ID could be located above the landscape format display. This would eliminate camera angle problems with FaceTime and Co.
In the new iPad Pro with M3 chip, the camera and Face ID could be located above the landscape format display. This would eliminate camera angle problems with FaceTime and Co.

New iPad lineup including Pro models expected for 2024

Apple has not launched any new iPad models in 2023. Instead, they initially concentrated on USB-C on the iPhone, on the new M3 chips in the Mac and on the Vision Pro. This year the iPad range is to be revised. Among other things, a new iPad Pro is expected, probably with an M3 chip. This could then have the camera centered in landscape format, with Face ID working in all orientations once set up. The new camera position would be an advantage for anyone who often uses the iPad in landscape format, for example with a keyboard, and makes FaceTime calls, video conferences, etc. This eliminates the weird camera angle of the side camera.

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