Apple didn’t include Touch ID with last year’s iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina display, but it looks like this year’s follow-up tablets will come equipped with the fingerprint reader first introduced on the iPhone 5s. A new report from Chinese site ceb2b claims Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) is already manufacturing fingerprint sensors for the iPhone 6, iPad Air 2 and the third-generation iPad Mini.
The latest rumors line up with earlier claims from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who believes the new iPads will also include a new A8 processor and an improved 8-megapixel camera. We were a bit surprised when the fingerprint scanning technology wasn’t included in last year’s iPads, though it’s possible it was simply an issue of producing the necessary materials for the redesigned home button.
We won’t know anything about the iPad Air 2 and the new iPad Mini for sure until Apple makes an official announcement sometime this fall. Still, the addition of Touch ID seems like a natural upgrade, and we’ll be surprised if it didn’t make the cut. If a fingerprint-scanning tablet sounds good to you it might be worth holding off on buying a new iPad until the next generation hits the market.