When the iPhone 5s was announced as featuring Touch ID, you could have been forgiven for assuming that the iPad Air and iPad mini would naturally follow suit. Like original thinking from Samsung, however, it never quite materialized — and to this date Apple’s flagship iPhone is the only Apple device to incorporate the technology.
That may be set to change with the arrival of the next generation iPad Air and iPad mini, though.
Reports suggest that TSMC (short for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) provided its first batch of fingerprint sensors to Apple in mid-April: and they’re designed for the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. The leak supposedly comes from sources within Sazhou Crystal Semiconductor Technology Co., which is one of the subcontractors involved with some of the “back-end” for the project. Another mentioned by the report is Xintec.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard reports that the next generation iPad models will include Touch ID. Photos which showed up in November showed a (potentially spurious) third-generation iPad mini prototype with Touch ID rattling around Asia. More recently a fragment of code from iOS 7.1 suggested the same thing could be true.
While this will remain speculation until we have something more concrete, it’s still exciting news for anyone thinking of picking up a next-generation iPad when they launch.