Lines with code unearthed in Apple's first iOS 12.1 beta, published earlier on Tuesday, suggest that a future version of the operating system supports synchronization of Memoji characters via iCloud, a feature that points to possible integration with a rumored iPad Pro with TrueDepth camera charge. Further game uniqueness reveals references to a & # 39; iPad2018Fall & # 39 ;, indicating that the device may be launched soon.
Included with the first beta release is a new daemon called "avatarsd," which 9to5Mac will be used to synchronize and store Memoji data via iCloud.
Not much is known about the feature, as it is currently limited to iOS 12.1 builds distributed internally at Apple. If avatarsd indeed synchronizes Memoji over iCloud, its existence suggests that Apple is working on building its TrueDepth sensor in devices that go beyond the iPhone.
Introduced with iOS 12 on Monday, Memoji is Apple's vision on customizable 3D avatars. As with Animoji, animated emoji characters introduced in iOS 11, Memoji responds to head and facial motion captured by the iPhone's TrueDepth camera.
User-created memos are stored on a local device, which is currently limited to iPhone X, but is extended on Friday to iPhone XS and XS Max. Save for the handful of people who own and use multiple iPhones, synchronizing Memoji with iCloud makes little sense and would be an unlikely candidate for iOS 12.1, unless something else comes.
Although it is only speculation, Apple could prepare for an unannounced device with TrueDepth integration, one that is used with or added to the iPhone. An important candidate is a notorious new generation iPad Pro.
In last November's reports, it was suggested that Apple was working on an iPad rev that eliminated Touch ID for biometric authentication with face ID, a change that would be expected to provide space for an almost edge-to-edge display. Untreated code today indicates support for Face ID in landscape mode, which apparently supports months of rumors.
Some believed that Apple would announce the new iPad Pro at its September event, but the company reserved last week's meeting for iPhone XR, XS, XS Max and Apple Series 4. In fact, Apple used its annual iPhone event as a platform only to launch new iPad products once in 2015 with the iPad mini 4. The company typically reveals its newest and best slates at a separate event in October, although the second generation iPad Pro debuted in June.
Code in the latest iOS 12.1 beta indeed refers to an & # 39; iPad2018Fall & # 39; device ID, suggesting that Apple will maintain the usual October launch cycle this year.