Supply Chain: iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 Will Come With Fingerprint Sensors
We take a quick look at our calendars and we once again realize how fast time flies when you’re dealing with a large number of exciting leaks and rumors. A new week is upon us, and unsurprisingly enough, we start it off with a new piece of the Apple puzzle.
As some of you should already be aware, during these past several months it’s been suggested and “reconfirmed” that Apple will fit the upcoming iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 with Touch ID sensors. After all, fingerprint scanning technology caught on and it’s here to stay, so it’s pretty much a no-brainer to suggest that Apple’s upcoming tablets will benefit from Touch ID as well. Nevertheless, these details have not been officially confirmed yet, so we’re constantly looking for more clues that would further confirm or infirm this theory. Needless to say, today we’ve come across new information hinting that Touch ID will play a big role in the future.
iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 to Feature a Touch ID
Earlier today the Chinese media has reported that, last week, TSMC has expanded its 8-inch chip plant where the Touch ID sensors are and will be assembled. This isn’t the first time we learn that TSMC is invested not only in the creation of Apple’s next-gen A8 chip, but also in assembling the Touch ID modules, as back in May we’ve learned that the semiconductor manufacturer and Apple have already agreed on using the 8-inch facility for the creation of the fingerprint scanner, as opposed to a 12-inch facility.
According to these fresh reports, TSMC will produce 120 million Touch IDs throughout 2014, which represents a growth of roughly 233% since last year. Supply chain sources have also indicated that the first batch of Touch IDs will start being shipped in early July.
We should also note that, according to the sources, this next generation of Touch IDs used by the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 will improve the sensor module’s durability. Apple has also worked on expanding the Touch ID’s functionality by working on a partnership with PayPal, and come iOS 8, third party app developers will have access to a new SDK that gives them access to the fingerprint scanning module.
All in all, the Touch ID is going to play a big role in Apple’s future line-up, on both smartphones and tablets. Any thoughts?