Rumors are swirling that Apple could include their fingerprint scanning home button in the next iteration of the iPad. Does it make sense for Apple to bring Touch ID to tablets?
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Will next-gen iPads ship with Touch ID?

According to reports, Apple is set to unveil new iPads next week. Updates could include aesthetic changes to the full-size iPad, a Retina display for the iPad mini, and the inclusion of Apple’s 64-bit A7 processor, which was first introduced in the iPhone 5S. Could the new tablets feature another technology that debuted in that smartphone model?


Rumors that the fifth-generation iPad (and perhaps iPad mini) will ship with Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor have been gaining steam. The latest is an admittedly sketchy leak that purportedly shows the glossy capacitive home button installed in the slate. Veracity of that image aside, does it make sense for Apple to include Touch ID as part of the new iPad’s kit?

The main argument against not seeing Apple announce iPads with Touch ID stems to reports that Apple has been having a hard time acquiring the necessary components to keep up with demand for the iPhone 5S. Introducing one (or two) tablet models relying on the technology could increase strain on the company’s supply chain.

But Apple isn’t planning for Touch ID to be a one-off. It makes sense to include the feature in other premium products in order to grow the fingerprint scanner’s ecosystem and make the technology more ubiquitous. Including Touch ID in the latest iPad seems like an obvious choice.

We’re taking rumors of an iPad with Touch ID with a grain of salt for now. There is too much haze surrounding the notion to make an assessment one way or the other. The good news is we won’t have to wait much longer to find out.

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  • Edgar Cervantes