APPLE'S RECENT iOS 7.1 update hints that the firm will bring its Touch ID fingerprint scanner technology to the iPad.
Currently the tool is only available in the flagship iPhone 5S, but an independent iOS developer has posted an image online that shows the source code containing a reference to two 'integers' - effectively devices - that will be able to use Touch ID.
Such an addition would not be surprising, as Apple usually adds new tools to its newest iPhone before adding them to other devices as standard, such as Siri, which first appeared in the iPhone 4S.
Apple recently rolled out the iOS 7.1.1 update that contained improvements for the Touch ID scanner as well as security fixes and keyboard refinements.
Apple's inclusion of a fingerprint scanner in its iPhone 5S spurred rival Samsung to add a similar tool to its Galaxy S5 devices. However, security researchers have managed to spoof both systems, somewhat undermining the security boasts of both firms.
The move comes as Apple prepares for a busy and important six months, with iOS 8 expected to be unveiled at its WWDC event and then the launch of its next iPhone, the iPhone 6, expected to be unveiled in September.
The mood at the company is bullish after it posted bumper profits of over $10bn, driven by huge iPhone sales.
A video of the Touch ID fingerprint scanner is embedded below. µ