Apple’s iOS 12 software update for iPhones and iPads was revealed by the Cupertino-based firm at WWDC 2018 yesterday.
The iOS 12 update will include the new Memojis as well as digital health features that help users monitor how often they use their device.
Sign-up for the iOS 12 beta has begun, with developers already getting access and members of the public able to download it in the next few weeks.
One developer, who has gotten access to the iOS 12 beta, has been poking around the code for iPhone and iPad update.
And he may have discovered references to one upcoming Apple product.
Guilherme Rambo, an iOS developer, has discovered within the code multiple references to Face ID coming to the iPad, The Verge reported.
Rambo posted screenshots and videos showing hidden references to Face ID on the iPad in iOS 12.
One video he posted showed the Face ID setup UI for iPad working.
It could be possible that this code is for a feature that lets you unlock an iPad with an iPhone X.
Apple currently has a similar feature which lets you unlock a Mac with an Apple Watch.
The alternative is that the iOS 12 code could reveal that Apple has an iPad with Face ID in the works.
This isn’t the first time that Apple has been rumoured to be working on an iPad with Face ID.
In March it was claimed that Apple had an iPad Pro with Face ID in the pipelines.
In March analyst Jun Zhang claimed that Apple would release an iPad Pro with slimmer bezels, no home button and Face ID in the June-ending quarter.
He said: “Our research suggests the new iPad should be ready for mass production with a release date likely in late-Q2.”
Zhang also said that Apple had a smaller version of the HomePod speaker in the works.
He said: “Apple’s HomePod sales are on track to meet Apple’s five million unit target.
“If released, we believe a lower-end HomePod mod- el could help Apple further penetrate the low-end smart speaker market possibly later this year.”
If Apple were looking to release an iPad Pro with Face ID and a new HomePod in June, then WWDC 2018 would have been the place to announce it.
But with no word on new hardware at WWDC 2018 it may means Apple has a bumper September event with plenty of announcements planned.
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