Last Updated on November 6, 2022 by Ernests Embutnieks
Face ID was introduced as a replacement to Apple’s previous biometric authentication method, Touch ID. Creating a 3D mapping of your face, Face ID has now gone through multiple iterations on the iPhone and has also made its way to the iPad.
Let’s take a look at which iPads have Face ID.
All iPads with Face ID(List)
As of yet, only the iPad Pro models have Face ID. Here’s a list of all the iPads that currently have Face ID:
|Model||Release Date||Face ID|
|iPad Pro (1st gen) 11-inch||November 7, 2018||Yes|
|iPad Pro (3rd gen) 12.9-inch||November 7, 2018||Yes|
|iPad Pro (2nd gen) 11-inch||March 25, 2020||Yes|
|iPad Pro (4th gen) 12.9-inch||March 25, 2020||Yes|
|iPad Pro (5th gen) 12.9-inch||May 24, 2021||Yes|
|iPad Pro (3rd gen) 11-inch||May 24, 2021||Yes|
|iPad Pro (6th gen) 12.9-inch||Oct 26, 2022||Yes|
|iPad Pro (4th gen) 11-inch||Oct 26, 2022||Yes|
Why Don’t Other iPads Have Face ID?
Newly released models like the iPad Air 5 come equipped with the M1 and offer a lot of the same functionalities that are present in the iPad Pro models. However, one key differentiator is that the iPad Air, iPad Mini, and iPad series use Touch ID.
On the other hand, the iPad Pro seems to be the only model that has Face ID. Why is that? Well, this is because of two reasons:
Implementing Touch ID is less expensive compared to Face ID. This is because Face ID utilizes TrueDepth cameras and requires a secondary sensor beside the front-facing camera for proper operation.
On the other hand, Touch ID requires you to put in a fingerprint sensor anywhere on the chassis of the iPad, be it on the home button or lock button. So, since the iPad Air, Mini, and the iPad are all entry / mid-range iPads, cost cutting is generally practiced in these models.
You wouldn’t really want to purchase an iPad Pro if almost every feature that made the iPad Pro was present in the iPad Air wouldn’t you? So, to ensure there’s a difference between the two models, Apple has implemented their latest standard of biometric authentication in their most premium product.
Will iPad Air / iPad Mini / iPad Have Face ID Soon?
No, we do not expect to see Face ID coming to the iPad Air / iPad Mini / iPad anytime soon. This is because these tablets still are considered mid-range, and implementing Face ID on them will lead to a large design overhaul in order to accommodate the larger front-facing sensors.
Moreover, for as long as the iPad Pro uses Face ID, we don’t expect Apple to be adding the same features to their mid-range generation of products. This is so that they can establish a clear-cut difference between the two tablets.
This makes sense if you think about it from a business perspective.
Is Face ID Better Than Touch ID?
Yes, Face ID is better than Touch ID because it does not require you to physically touch your device in order to unlock it. 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 extremely secure. You can comfortably use Apple Pay / Apple Keychain without the worry of either system being compromised. While it does boil down to personal preference, I feel like Face ID is a welcome improvement over Touch ID.
But, with that said, if you end up purchasing an iPad Air or iPad Mini for that matter, you won’t be bogged down with the fact that it doesn’t have the Face ID since the biometric authentication is still extremely fast and gets the job done.
Latest iPad That Has Face ID
On October 26, 2022, Apple released the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (6th gen) and iPad Pro 11-inch (4th gen), and both of these devices have Face ID.
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