Next gen iPad Mini, iPad Air and iPhone with Touch ID pictured together
The photo below shows all three devices stacked on top of each other and suggests that the new devices will all have Touch ID fingerprint sensor built into the home button.
Although there is little explanation regarding the origins of the photo, it is indeed the first photo to show a rumoured next-gen iPad mini featuring Touch ID. Previous rumours have already pointed out many times that the fingerprint scanner will appear on Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6.
The Taiwanese source states that they are unsure about how reliable this photo really is, and mentions that these are perhaps pre-production prototypes rather than the authentic models. However, many analysts have previously predicted that Apple will be extending its Touch ID system, which was first introduced with the iPhone 5S, across all of its new line of products.
“Apple’s Touch ID module should see shipments soar 233% in 2014. We believe every new iOS device launched this year will be equipped with Touch ID, including 4.7” and 5.5” new iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2 with Retina display,” said Ming-Chi Kuo, KGI Securities analyst, reports MacRumors. “Considering shipments of new products and iPhone 5S sales last longer than in 2013, we forecast unit sales of the fingerprint sensor module to grow 233% to 120mn for 2014.”
At Apple’s iOS 8 launch, the company also announced that the new system will support Touch ID sign-in for third-party apps, which perhaps ties in with the features of its upcoming devices. I am betting on more leaks and rumours in the coming week/months, and we will be sure to update you as soon as we get wind of any further information.