Throwing some fuel onto the suggestion that the next iPads – dubbed iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 – will gain Touch ID technology is a report from the component website cecb2b.com. The technology debuted on the iPhone 5s last year and was expected by some analysts to feature on the original iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display, which launched late last year.
But it’s increasingly looking as if the next iPads will include the feature. The report claims that the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has already supplied Apple with the first batch of the next generation of fingerprint sensors. These will be used in the iPhone 6 as well as the next two iPads, suggests the website.
The information originally comes from “sources inside Suzhou Crystal Semiconductor Technology Co” according to the G4Games website, which explains Suzhou is one of a couple of TSMC subsidiary companies currently responsible for assembly of the fingerprint sensors. The other company named is Xintec.
Contrary to a report earlier in the year that claimed the sensors would be constructed with a new 12in processing method, it now appears that the processing method will be the same 8in one used for last year’s iPhone 5s. “This was due to the risks associated with the 12in wafer-level packaging, and also the fact that TSMC’s 8in fab should deliver higher yield rates,” writes G4Games.