The first iOS 12.1 Beta version launched yesterday and seems like it’s boasting Face ID support in landscape mode, most likely, dedicated to iPad Pro models. Thus, there are virtually no chances to see this one on iPhone X or the new iPhone XS and XR as Apple would have to realign front-facing sensors.
This new mode for Face ID is undoubtedly made for iPad Pro models which are almost most of the time used in landscape mode and switching to portrait view to unlock the device with Face ID might it is inconvenient for many users.
New iPad Pro models are in the works right now, and they would boast Face ID and thinner edges, but as small as those on iPhone XS, for example, but pretty close. Even though Apple has not announced its new tablets on the event held on September 12th, the new iPad Pro models might get their official presentation in October, some rumors say.
iOS 12.1 Beta boasts Face ID with landscape mode support for iPad Pro models
The upcoming iPad Pro models, rumored to hit shelves by the end of the year, would be just two updated versions of the last 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch models. However, they might boast Face ID, while some other rumors say Apple decided to switch from Lightning charging to USB-C.
While the new iOS 12.1 Beta version, released yesterday, September 18th, is not bringing in many new features and improvements, it does come out with Face ID support in landscape mode and group FaceTime, previously eliminated in the iOS 12 release.
iOS 12.1 Beta boasted a lower score than iOS 12 in several benchmark tests, but that’s not something we should worry about since it’s only a beta version and the focus is not on the performance but the new features.
Apparently, the new iOS 12.1 Beta support for Face ID in landscape mode is dedicated to the upcoming iPad Pro models and not to iPhone devices.