Which iPads Have Face ID?

Face ID is a biometrical facial recognition technology. It allows users to unlock their iPads and make secure purchases online. They use sensors and advanced algorithms to create a detailed 3D map of the user’s face, which is stored locally on an iPad. It’s a convenient method of authentication.

When using Face ID, the front-facing camera, along with sensors and an infrared emitter, work together to capture and analyze facial features for authentication.

The Face ID location may vary slightly depending on the iPad model, but it is generally found in the upper portion of the device’s display area.

In this article, you can find all iPad models that have the Face ID feature, understand how it works, how to set it up, and what to do when Face ID is not working.

iPads with Face ID

As of yet, only the iPad Pro models have Face ID. Here’s a list of all the iPad Pros that have Face ID authentication:

ModelReleasedFace ID
iPad Pro (1st gen) 11-inchNovember, 2018Yes
iPad Pro (3rd gen) 12.9-inchNovember, 2018Yes
iPad Pro (2nd gen) 11-inchMarch, 2020Yes
iPad Pro (4th gen) 12.9-inchMarch, 2020Yes
iPad Pro (5th gen) 12.9-inchMay, 2021Yes
iPad Pro (3rd gen) 11-inchMay, 2021Yes
iPad Pro (6th gen) 12.9-inchOct, 2022Yes
iPad Pro (4th gen) 11-inchOct, 2022Yes
iPad Pro (7th gen) 13-inchMay, 2024Yes
iPad Pro (5th gen) 11-inchMay, 2024Yes

What Is Face ID and How It Works?

Face ID is a facial recognition technology on iPad that begins with a detailed scan of your face. Using the TrueDepth camera system, it captures over 30,000 infrared dots to create a precise 3D depth map, mapping unique features like the distance between your eyes and the contours of your face. This data is then processed by the iPad’s built-in processor to generate a secure mathematical representation of your face, which is encrypted and stored locally on your device. When you need to unlock your iPad or authorize online purchases, Face ID compares this stored facial data with real-time scans. If there’s a match, the device unlocks, ensuring secure and convenient access tailored to your facial features.

Is It Secure?

Face ID is designed with privacy in mind. The facial recognition data stays on your device and is not sent to Apple servers or any other third-party servers.

The facial recognition data is stored in the Secure Enclave’s dedicated chip. This chip is isolated from the rest of the device and is designed to keep this sensitive information secure.

Apple’s Face ID also uses attention awareness to ensure your eyes are open and looking at the device before unlocking. So, the device cannot be unlocked by pointing at your face while you are asleep.

Face ID is considered a highly secure biometric authentication method

How To Setup Face ID on iPads

  • Open ‘Settings’
  • Scroll down and tap on ‘Face ID & Passcode’
  • Enter the passcode

To set up Face ID on your iPad, start by opening the ‘Settings’ app. Scroll down and select ‘Face ID & Passcode.’ You’ll need to enter your passcode to proceed. If Face ID hasn’t been set up yet, you’ll find an option labeled ‘Set Up Face ID.’ Tap on it and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the setup process. Ensure you hold your iPad in front of your face and adjust positioning as prompted for accurate facial recognition.

Can I Set Two Face IDs?

Yes, you can add another person’s Face ID. Go to settings, tap on ‘Face ID & Passcode’, enter the passcode when asked, and then tap on ‘Set Up an Alternative Appearance.’ Initially, it’s intended to be used for yourself when you wear a mask, sunglasses, etc. But it can be used to set up another person. Once you tap on it, give the second person your device and make sure they follow the instructions on the screen.

After that, both of you will be able to use Face ID authentication.

What To Do If Face ID Is Not Working on iPad

Sometimes Face ID acts up and doesn’t work, making you type in your PIN.

Which can get frustrating. This bug is rare, but it can happen. Here are the things you should try when your Face ID is not working:

  • Restarting Your iPad 
  • Cleaning your camera with a microfiber cloth
  • Holding your iPad correctly
  • Updating software
  • Resetting your Face ID
  • Applying a little pressure to the camera
  • Make sure nothing is blocking your face.

If none of the above solutions solve the problem, it could be a hardware issue. If so, get in touch with Apple Support for help.

How much does it cost to fix Face ID?

The cost to fix Face ID on an iPhone or iPad can vary depending on several factors, including the model of the device, whether it’s under warranty, and the specific nature of the issue. Repair expenses may range from $150 to $299, depending on the kind and extent of the needed repairs.

FAQ’s

Is Face ID Better Than Touch ID?

Arguments can be made that Face ID is better than Touch ID because it does not require you to touch your device to unlock it physically.
But, that doesn’t mean that Touch ID doesn’t have its own merits. For instance, you need to look at your device to unlock it, but, with Touch ID, only a simple fling of your finger is enough to authenticate your device. In terms of security, both Touch ID and Face ID are secure. You can comfortably use Apple Pay / Apple Keychain without worrying about the system being compromised.

Does Apple Face ID on iPad work in the dark?

Yes, Apple’s Face ID technology is designed to work in low-light conditions and darkness. The TrueDepth camera system used for Face ID includes infrared sensors that enable facial recognition even in the dark. If it’s not working in the dark, I recommend increasing the iPads brightness.

Can Apple Face ID be fooled by a photo?

No, Apple’s Face ID has several features to prevent being fooled by a photo. True-depth camera technology helps distinguish a real face from a two-dimensional photo.
It’s not entirely impossible to fool Apple’s Face ID. High-quality 3D face models might fool Apple’s Face ID recognition, but they must be high-quality 3D models.

What was the first iPad with Face ID?

The first iPad with Face ID was the iPad Pro 11 inch (1st gen) and iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd gen). They both were released on November 2018.

Does iPad Mini have a Face ID?

No, iPad Mini doesn’t have Face ID. Latest iPad Mini 6 features a touch ID authentication system, which is located at the top of the power button.

Does iPad Air have a Face ID?

No, iPad Air doesn’t have Face ID. Latest iPad Air 5 features a touch ID authentication system, which is located at the top of the power button.

Does iPad Face ID works with Mask?

Yes, iPad can recognize your face even if you are wearing a mask, but in order for this to work you will need to setup an ‘Alternative Appearance’ in the settings.

Does iPad Face ID works in the landscape mode?

Yes, your iPad will recognize your face even if it’s being used in the landscape mode, however in order to setup your Face ID you will need to use the iPad in portrait mode.

What’s the latest iPad with Face ID?

The latest iPad with Face ID is the Apple iPad Pro M4 13-inch and 11-inch model that was released in 2024, May.

What’s the best iPad with Face ID?

The best iPad with Face ID is the iPad Pro 13-inch M4 model.

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