Touch ID has received all kinds of praise since it made its debut on the iPhone 5s last month, so naturally, the question everyone’s asking is whether the new fingerprint-scanning technology will make its way to other iOS devices.
We’ve already seen evidence that suggests it will come to the second-generation iPad mini, and the blurry picture above seems to prove that Touch ID is also coming to the fifth-generation iPad, alongside its all-new design.
The picture was snapped by Chinese tech site CtechCN.com, and if it’s genuine, it proves Touch ID won’t be exclusive to the iPhone 5s for long. We already know that the biggest change for the fifth-generation iPad will be a new, thinner and lighter form factor — much like the iPad mini’s — but it looks like that won’t be the only treat we have in store.
It’s worth noting, however, that this is a very blurry image, and you always have to question the authenticity of shots like these. If it’s real, why couldn’t the snapper get a decent imagine of the sensor? With that said, it’s almost as if the blurriness is covering something up.
Take this picture with a pinch of salt for now, then, but I’m fairly confident the new iPads will get Touch ID. Unless the home buttons are difficult to manufacture and severely constrained, there’s no reason why Apple wouldn’t want to bring this technology to other iOS devices as soon as possible — as it did with the Lightning connector.
In fact, I have a feeling that Touch ID could be the second-generation iPad mini’s biggest selling point. If those reports that claim it won’t get a Retina display until 2014 are true, Apple will need more than just a faster processor to sell the new device — and Touch ID could be the answer.
Whatever the case may be, we should find out soon enough. Apple is expected to hold its iPad event on October 22, and with just seven days to go, we should see invitations issued later on today.