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iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and next iPad Mini will have Apple's Touch ID sensor

Firm will bring fingerprint scanner to all non-iPod iOS devices
Tue May 27 2014, 13:42

fingerprint-paAPPLE WILL CONFIGURE its upcoming iDevices, including the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and third generation iPad Mini, with Touch ID fingerprint scanners.

So said KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said in a research note seen by Macrumours, that Apple is planning to bring the Touch ID sensor, which presently is only on the iPhone 5S, to its next generation devices.

Kuo said, "Apple's Touch ID module should see shipments soar 233 percent in 2014. We believe every new iOS device launched this year will be equipped with Touch ID, including 4.7in and 5.5in new iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 2 with Retina display.

"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 [percent] to 120 [million] for 2014."

That's not all Kuo has on his radar, as he also noted that Apple will tweak its Touch ID sensor to enhance its durability, with the firm perhaps looking to use tin. Apple reportedly plans to stick with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to produce the fingerprint sensors.

This matches previous reports, which said earlier this month that TSMC had already provided the first batch of Touch ID fingerprint sensors that will be used in the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3.

Source code from an iOS update released in April also hinted that the fingerprint scanner will soon be coming to the iPad, adding further weight to this latest speculation. µ


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