iPad 6 with Touch ID

As we previously told you, analysts have been clamoring for Touch ID on this year’s iPhones and iPads ever since the fingerprint scanner made its debut last September on the iPhone 5s.

Furthermore, Apple has officially opened up the sophisticated sensor to third-party developers.

The latest from Apple’s component suppliers: an improved, more durable Touch ID manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) is headed to the next iPhone and iPad. Augmenting Monday’s supply chain rumor, another source published an image just yesterday of what appears to be next-generation iPhone, iPad mini and iPad Air devices outfitted with Touch ID…

As reported by China Times (via GforGames), TSMC is slated to build 120 million Touch ID units in its expanded 8-inch plant (as opposed to a 12-inch facility).

The 233 percent annual increase over the last year is the strongest indication to date that the sensor is coming to all next-generation iOS devices this Fall.

TSMC should start shipping first batch of Touch IDs to Apple next month, with third quarter production more than doubling over the previous quarter.

The more durable sensors functionality will expand in scope as Apple is understood to be expanding the Touch ID’s functionality “by working on a partnership with PayPal,” the report added.

Here are recent photos of a sophisticated dummy unit purportedly showing a next-gen iPad Air with Touch ID, a refined speaker grille and recessed volume buttons.

iPad Air 2 dummy (NowhereElse 002)

iPad Air 2 dummy (NowhereElse 006)

iPad Air 2 dummy (NowhereElse 005)

Currently, iPhone 5s users can leverage Touch ID to approve iTunes content purchases and unlock their device.

And as iOS 8 brings support for the official Touch ID API, third party app developers will be able to use the fingerprint scanning module to authenticate users, remember passwords and so forth.

Image top of post: alleged models of next-gen iPhone, iPad mini and iPad Air with Touch ID. Credit: Apple.club.tw.

  • Tony

    Touch ID is a good idea, I just hope they implement more to do with it. Obviously with 3rd party devs it should give it more of a useability factor.

    Question for idownloadblog… any chance of an article about the so called Jailbreak for 7.1.1 called Pangu? Basically to confirm or at least put rumors to rest? It is getting lots of buzz on reddit today.

    • Kurt

      I think it will be able to unlock apps like your mail, FB. Is that right? Or is that not coming to ios8 and only available via a JB tweak?

      • Tony

        That could be. I know you can do similar with JB tweaks so 3rd party addons like that for stock 8 would be pretty cool!

  • jack

    “refined speaker grille”? Latger hiles mean more dirt and objects penetratint the device… Fake

    • Kurt

      I want front facing speakers

  • Kieran.Lillis

    Does anybody know wether an iPod Touch 6th-gen will be coming out this year, or have Apple abandoned them to focus on iPhones and iPads? (and iWatches)

  • Brian 

    These articles are so pointless. Anybody with a computer and internet access knows Apple is going to OBVIOUSLY add Touch ID to next gen devices so why come out with these fake reports that pretend they have the inside scoop on something everyone already knows.

  • The iPhone in the first picture looks to have a rather large amount of anti-glare goop on it. Don’t you think?

    • Capirexz

      so many iPhones?

  • Kurt

    Volume buttons will be so hard to click if you have a case on it. My case has an opening and it’s difficult to click them. They’ll have to have buttons on top of the real buttons.