Following the introduction of the iPhone 5s, it seems natural that Apple will continue to outfit its mobile products with Touch ID sensors. A report earlier in May suggested that it has plans to do just that with its new iPads and, now, another analyst report re-iterates those statements. According to KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been accurate in reporting Apple’ moves before they happen, Touch ID will come to Apple’s iPad mini 2 with Retina display (also referred to as the iPad mini 3), the iPad Air 2 and both sizes of the new iPhone 6.
“Apple’s Touch ID module should see shipments soar 233% in 2014,” Kuo said. “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. 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.”
The inclusion of Touch ID on the 5.5-inch and 4.7-inch iPhone 6 models is a no brainer; we assume, unless there was some major problem with the earlier iteration, that Apple will continue to use it in its iPhones. The addition of Touch ID on the iPad will be useful for folks with iPhones who have become adjusted to making payments for apps with the quick tap of a fingerprint.
Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is expected in September and the company’s new tablets are expected to follow shortly thereafter.