The iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 should feature Touch ID fingerprint sensors, if a new report is to be believed.
It looks like Apple could bring the Touch ID fingerprint sensor technology introduced with the iPhone 5S to its upcoming 2014 tablet range.
According to the latest rumours, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (or TSMC for short), produced and sent the first batch of Touch ID sensors in mid-April.
The information comes from sources within the Sazhou Semiconductor Technology Co, a manufacturer to which some iPhone and iPad back-end services are given.
TSMC is a company regularly used by Apple for key iPhone and iPad parts and is rumoured to be working with Apple on the iPhone 6 A8 processor.
Some have speculated it seems a bit early for Apple to start production on components for their upcoming products, especially seeing as the iPhone 6 launch isn’t expected until September and the iPad Air and iPad mini 2 Retina successors shouldn’t arrive until November.
However, iPhone 5S stock delays at launch were in part due to issues producing enough Touch ID sensors to match demand for the 2013 flagship.
It may be that Apple is trying to get ahead of the game this year by ensuring it has enough components to build plenty of new products later this year.
This Touch ID report does fit well with the report that Pegatron has received an order for around 15 per cent of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 orders, as Apple starts preparing for a September launch well ahead of time.
Pegatron is one of the third party manufacturers responsible for assembling iOS devices, along with the likes of Foxconn.
This isn’t the first rumour of the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 featuring the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, so it’s looking more and more likely Apple will introduce the technology to its tablets this year.
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