However, trusted KGI Securities' analyst Ming-Chi Kuo doesn't agree with us.
While the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus follow a design language similar to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, respectively, Apple's tenth anniversary iPhone X sports a brand new design for the company with a near bezel-less display, powerful specs and a larger battery capacity. The feature Kuo is talking about is none other than the TrueDepth Camera, which will bring the Face ID support to the next-generation iPad Pro models. Many Apple fans were anxious about being locked out of their iPhone if Face ID didn't work properly, but it seems like Apple has managed to put their fears to rest, at least for now.
The iPhone X saw the first radical redesign of the iPhone since 2014's iPhone 6, in that it covered the front panel nearly entirely with the OLED display, physically eliminating the space for Touch ID to live under a home button.
Apple ditched the tried-and-tested Touch ID on the iPhone X, opting instead for Face ID.
Kuo in a research note said that problems with production of the Truedepth camera system will delay the iPhone X super cycle to next year.
Meanwhile, Apple will be slowly implementing Face ID across its lineup, creating a user experience that's consistent with the iPhone X and boosting its own competitiveness in the process. Recall, Apple reportedly encountered some speed bumps with the TrueDepth camera due to the complexity of the components involved.
The iPad Pro received its last major update in June, in both 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch sizes. In a note to investors, Kuo said the inclusion of this new tech should improve the competitiveness of Apple's tablet range. He stated in a note to MacRumors that the 2018 iPad Pro will probably come with a TrueDepth camera and the FaceID feature. Pre-orders for iPhone X begin Oct 27, and the phone will be available in stores on Nov 3.
RBC estimates that the plan, which includes a corporate tax rate cut to 20% from 35% and a lower repatriation tax on foreign profits, could provide Apple with a "tailwind" to earnings per share of $4 to $4.50 in its fiscal 2018, which started October 1. Not only will the 2018 iPad Pro models adopt the technology, but all 2018 iPhones may as well.