Amid the speculations that Apple might continue its Face ID technology for its upcoming iPhone models, the company has already secured supply that enables the face-unlocking technology. Apple is reportedly planning to invest in LG Innotek, a Korea-based electric components manufacturer, to reserve supply of the 3D sensing modules for next-generation iPhone and iPad models slated to be launched this year.
Apple will secure the supply of LG Innotek’s 3D sensing modules with an upfront payment of around 873.7 billion won (roughly $820.90 million), reports Korean website The Investor. LG Innotek will use the upfront payment to manufacture the 3D sensing modules that comprise of a flood illuminator and a dot projector – the elements that Apple uses inside Face ID to generate the third-dimensional data of the user’s face.
According to the website, Apple will be using the 3D sensing modules to produce additional facilities for manufacturing of camera modules and other elements that are required by the Face ID technology. The Cupertino-based giant is locking this lot to ensure a smoother supply of components during the manufacturing of the next iPhone and iPad models, which are said to sport the Face ID feature.
It is worth mentioning that iPhone X, Apple’s first and only-existing iPhone model that uses Face ID technology, saw a bad supply of components during its production, which led to the delay in its sales. This year, Apple is purported to release three iPhone models – a new iPhone X Plus variant, a refreshed iPhone X variant, and a mid-range iPhone model (like iPhone SE), according to the analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
As we mentioned, Apple might integrate the Face ID technology in the next iPad model as well. Bloomberg last year reported that Apple might release at least one new iPad model this year with Face ID. While the name of this iPad model is not clear yet, it is possibly going to be an iPad Pro variant. With the introduction of Face ID feature, this iPad model will ditch the Home button with a fingerprint sensor that it’s been carrying since 2014, the report further added. In addition, Apple is also said to reduce the bezels on the iPad and give it a design closer to the iPhone X.