iOS 12.1 Beta Includes Code That Hints at Face ID Support in Landscape Mode

According to new information tweeted by developer Steven Troughton-Smith, Apple’s iOS 12.1 beta has code which suggests support for Face ID in landscape mode is coming.


The developer speculates that this has been built into this beta for the upcoming iPad Pro models that are expected to feature Face ID and a new slim-bezel design. He is also speculating that support for Face ID in landscape mode requires a change in how the hardware sensors are positioned, meaning that this won’t be available for iPhone models that have Face ID.


Currently, Face ID on all iPhone X and iPhone Xs models require the user to unlock the device in portrait mode. The new iPad Pro is expected to support landscape mode Face ID unlocking as a lot of customers will use the device natively in landscape mode.

Apple’s new iPad Pro models are expected to feature edge-to-edge displays with no Home button, no 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB-C port instead of a Lightning port. Apple is rumoured to host an event in October to unveil these new devices.