iOS 12, the next major iteration of Apple's mobile OS, will reportedly support Face ID unlocking when the device being used is held at a horizontal angle, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. Gurman has weighed in on several other Apple rumours in the past, with generally accurate results.
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Face ID in the iPhone X currently only works when held at a vertical angle, but Gurman, who says that the face recognition technology will come to a refreshed range of iPad Pro models later this year, says Apple will expand its capabilities. He predicts that horizontal support will find its way into the iPhone X and iPhone X Plus as well, along with any other iPhone models that support Face ID.
Apple is said to be releasing three phones in its usual September window: a follow-up to the iPhone X, which will be the same size as the current model but may get a larger camera sensor on the back; an iPhone X Plus, which will be about the same size as the iPhone 8 Plus, according to a supplier speaking to Mac Otakara, and a final 6.1-inch LCD iPhone with an all-screen design.
Mac Otakara says it could in fact feature a 6-inch screen instead, while usually-reliable analyst Ming Chi Kuo says it will likely only sport a single-lens rear camera.
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Apple is also expected to launch the iPhone SE 2 at its WWDC event from 4 - 8 June, with some renders showing it to have no Touch ID button, implying it too will support Face ID.